Can You Use Windows Nearby Sharing Between iPhone & Win PC?

Can you get access to Windows Nearby Sharing on iPhone? You can find answer in this article. Two alternatives are also introduced for you.


By Demi / Updated on June 9, 2023

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Windows Nearby Sharing from iPhone

Is there any way to use Win10’s “Nearby Sharing” as a way to get photos from my iPhone X to my Win 10 PC (like with AirDrop)?

- Question from MacRumors

Can I use Nearby Sharing on my iPhone?

Since Windows 10 was released, a new feature Nearby Sharing came out with the function which looks like AirDrop for Windows, easily and quickly sharing contents, folders, or links with nearby Windows PC.

Nearby Sharing Logo

Then, you may wonder whether you can transfer files from iPhone to computer with Nearby sharing. It is such a disappointing answer that there is currently no mobile companion app for iOS devices, therefore, you cannot use Windows 10 Nearby Sharing to share files between Windows PC and iPhone. But luckily,  this guide offers you two options to transfer files between Windows PC and iPhone.

Transfer files between Windows PC and iPhone with FoneTool

The first and best Nearby Sharing alternative is FoneTool. Instead of sharing files between two devices wirelessly, FoneTool provides you a more stable and faster transfer process compared with its wireless counterpart.

What FoneTool can provide you:
✓ Free and simple transfer process. FoneTool is pretty user-friendly. It just requires a few steps to transfer contents among iDevices and PC.
✓ Transfer selective items. During the transfer task, you’re free to preview and select photos, music, videos, and contacts to transfer files as you like.
✓ No data loss. It does no harm to the original data on your iPhone. It won’t compress the size of your data, either.
✓ Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports types of iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14, so do iPad and iPod. It also works well with different versions of iOS like iOS 15.

Click the icon below to free download FoneTool to your computer. Let’s get started to transfer files from iPhone to computer.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB > Click iPhone to PC on the main screen of FoneTool.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Click the “+” icon to preview and select the files > Make sure you have chosen all wanted data, click OK.

Select Contacts

Step 3. Choose a storage path from Transfer Settings on your PC to save these files > Click Start Transfer to complete this task.


When the task finishes, the files will be saved on your computer. You are able to transfer these files from PC to iPhone selectively as well.

With multiple functions, FoneTool can also satisfy your daily demand to backup iPhone to PC.

Transfer files between Windows PC and iPhone via OneDrive

Although Windows Nearby Sharing is not available for iPhone, it provides you online cloud storage to save your photos and files, which is called OneDrive. You can upload the files from iPhone to OneDrive, then sync them to your computer.

Please note that just like iCloud, OneDrive only provides you 5 GB of free storage space, but you can always buy more or sign up for Microsoft 365 to get more storage.

Steps to upload files from your iPhone to OneDrive automatically
Step 1. Download and run the OneDrive app > Register and sign in your OneDrive account. Please connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi during the uploading process.

Step 2. Click your profile in the upper-left corner > Tap Settings > Camera Upload > Switch on Camera Upload.

OneDrive Auto Upload

Optionally, you can also manually upload files to OneDrive by following the steps below.

In the OneDrive, tap the plus icon at the top of the screen. Then you can choose Take a photo, Scan, Create a folder or Upload files directly.

OneDrive Photo Upload

Your photos will be uploaded to OneDrive. Then go to your Windows PC to get these photos.

Tutorials to download files from OneDrive to PC
Step 1. Sign in to your OneDrive to open it in a web browser.

Step 2. Click the small circle of each file or folder you’d like to download to your computer.

Step 3. Click Download in the toolbar that appeared at the top of the page.

Download OneDrive File To PC


In a nutshell, you cannot use Windows Nearby Sharing on iPhone. But luckily, to transfer files between iPhone and computer, you can try powerful software - FoneTool, or a cloud service, like OneDrive to make it. It is more suggested to try FoneTool, since it’s one of the best file transfer tools for iPhone to PC.

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Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.