How to Transfer Files over WiFi between Windows 10

Maybe you need to transfer files to another laptop, but you don’t have any USB device or even internet connection, how would you do it? It can become a headache if it’s an emergency. I mean if you don’t have a connection you can’t even use Dropbox to share files.

But I could tell you a trick that would make it possible if you have a Wi-Fi card on your PC. So, if you have a PC or your friend has one with a Wi-Fi card, then you can easily connect and share your files.

You have to use the Wi-Fi connection and create a wireless link between the computers. When they are connected wirelessly, you will be able to share the data without a problem.

For that, you need to create an ad-hoc network in Windows. Though an ad-hoc network is limited in some aspect, you can defiantly use them for special purposes. They have a speed of max 11Mbps which is enough for normal file transfer.

Though there is a problem, you can’t control the strength of the signal or the radius it will cover. So, you need to have the two devices relatively close to each other to connect. And they don‘t have all security features so the hackers can easily hack.

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PC to PC File Transfer over WiFi

Setting Up an ad hoc Network

Go to the Start Menu and find Command Prompt or type cmd and enter in the search box.

To see all networks in range, including Ad-hoc, run the following command in the command window:

netsh wlan show networks
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

You have to set up the ad-hoc network firstly. So just follow the steps below:

Step-1: Firstly, to get started, open the Control Panel and click on Network and Sharing Center.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-2: After that, you will get many options to choose from and from that choose Setup a new connection or network link towards the bottom.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-3: You will get another connection dialog, just scroll down and find Manually connect to a wireless network.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-4: Once you choose it, you will see Windows tell you what an ad-hoc is and that if there is a wireless connection to your PC, you’ll probably get disconnected. So just go ahead and click Next.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-5: Now you have to give it a name and choose a type and then give it a security key. For the security key, you can choose from only three options: no authentication, WEP or WPA2-Personal. The default is WPA2-Personal, which is the strongest.

So just click next once you’re finished with all these. Uncheck Start this connection automatically.

And you’re done. You will see that the network has been set up. But do remember that if you don’t check the Save this network box, the system will disappear once you disconnect from the ad hoc network. So, if you want to use it again, you have to do everything from the top.

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Step-6: Run the following command in cmd.

netsh wlan set profileparameter <ssid> connectiontype=ibss connectionmode=manual

Here, ssid is the name of your network.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

After setting up, run the following command whenever you want to connect:

netsh wlan connect <ssid>
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

To disconnect run the following command:

netsh wlan disconnect
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

When you connect, you get a message that it’s waiting for users to connect. It’s time for the next part now!

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Share Data Across ad-hoc Network

After you have the network, just connect with it by another PC. Now you have to set up a homegroup to transfer the files.

Homegroup is a much easier option to transfer files, music, videos, mp3 songs, etc.

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Setting up a Homegroup

It is the easiest way of sharing files between PCs, and you don’t need to share the files manually. Just follow the steps below to do it.

Step-1: First of all, you need to go to the Control Panel and then click HomeGroup.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-2: If you are connected to homegroup on the ad hoc network, it will show up, and you can join that or click on the Create a homegroup button.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-3: Now you have to create a new HomeGroup, and for that, you will have to choose what you want to share. When clicked next you’ll see a page asking for Homegroup password.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

But to share transfer files between PCs, they both need to create a new homegroup and join the existing one. When you’re connected, you will automatically have access to shared files. So, it won’t be much problem.

You can share the files whenever you want. You just have to get connected to the saved wireless network.

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File Transfer between PC and Android

This one is rather easy. Transferring files over WI-FI between a PC and Android is quite popular. For that, you have to use other apps to connect with each other. Share it is different software for file sharing. You must know about it if you use a smartphone.

Nowadays Shareit has taken the place of Bluetooth. Now all the people transfer file using Shareit. And it’s available on PC too! It ill set a network for the device to connect and then allow you to share files.

So, let’s start! How you can send a file or document to your PC running Windows 10 from Android phone and vice-versa. But first, download the app and install it!

Step-1: First, you need to open the Shareit app on your Android device, and the new interface will look like the one shown below.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-2: Now press the send button and choose a single or multiple select items that you can send from your mobile device to Windows.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-3: after completing, select next, and you will see a radar-like option scanning for other Shareit networks.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-4: just select Connect to PC option located at the right side of the app. You will see a popup telling you that there is a new way to connect, tap Go option.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Step-5: You will get two options. One is scan to Connect, and the other is PC search mobile. If you choose PC search Mobile, you will see the Android Shareit device popping in the PC Shareit app.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

But if you decide to scan to connect then you get a scanner and have to scan the barcode located in the PC version of Shareit.

Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10
Transfer Files over WiFi in Windows 10

Voila, both your devices are now connected, and you can send files now!

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You can transfer files from PC to Android and From Android to PC. It goes both ways. Though there are other apps for this too such as AirDroid, ES File Explorer File Manager, SuperBeam, etc. But Shareit is my personal favorite. So, I would recommend you to try it out!

Now, these were the methods of sharing files over Wi-Fi. I’m sure you won’t have any problem transferring files anywhere. Happy sharing!

2 thoughts on “How to Transfer Files over WiFi between Windows 10”

  1. I wi-fi intercommunicate three Windows computers directly (no AP), in the hostednetwork way described in the article; however, I omit the step of making the connection type be Adhoc (IBSS).
    Win RT 8.1 (Surface tablet) + Win 10 1703 (Acer notebook, whose wireless adapter does not support hostednetwork) + Win 10 1803 (Lenovo PC using thumb-sized USB wireless adapter).
    Two in another location intercommunicate in same way. Win 10 1511 (Toshiba notebook) + Win 10 1809 (HP notebook)

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