How to Disable Nearby Sharing on Windows 10

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Windows 10 PCs first got nearby sharing earlier this year in the April 2018 update. And while a feature comparable to Apple’s AirDrop is certainly useful at times, it’s a real annoyance on occasion too.

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When on, the feature makes your machine visible on a shared network, thus allowing others to share files with it. And while this would typically be a plus, there are times when you’d rather disable the feature and remain a ghost on the network.

Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Settings.
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  2. From the list of available options, select System.
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  3. In the left sidebar, click Shared experiences.
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  4. Under Share across devices, flip the toggle to Off.
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To turn it back on you can simply follow the above steps and toggle Nearby sharing (Step 4) on.

Credit: Laptop Mag

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