How to Transfer All Files, Including Documents and Photos, from One PC to Another (Windows 10 & Windows 11)
Per transfer all files from one PC to anotherthere are several methods included in Windows 11 and Windows 10 as well as some alternative applications for transfer files without using any physical mediabut using exclusively the Wi-Fi connection (the two computers must therefore be connected to the same wireless network, preferably to one rete a 5 GHz).
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1) Proximity sharing
On Windows 11 and on Windows 10 we can exploit Proximity sharing to transfer files from one PC to another, using only the wireless connection between the two devices.
To activate the function, press WIN+I on the keyboard, let’s get on the path System -> Proximity Sharingwe press on Only from my devices about are All users nearby; with the first item we will share the files only on PCs with our same Microsoft account, while with the second we will be able to share the file with other PCs nearby (not necessarily ours).
After activating the function we can quickly share any file by pressing WIN+E on the keyboard, opening the folder where the files to be shared are present, right-clicking on the file (or on the file selection), clicking on Share and selecting one of the PCs under the section Proximity sharing.
For further information we can read the guide above how to share files nearby from Windows.
2) PairDrop (web)
The best sharing method for transferring files from one PC to another is without a doubt PairDropavailable as a web interface but working totally offline (no files will be saved or uploaded online, everything will run on our Wi-Fi network).
Using it is very simple and accessible to everyone: we open the website to receive a temporary name of the primary PC and open the same site on the secondary PC (i.e. the one that must receive the files); as soon as we see the name of the secondary PC appear in the primary computer window, press on it and use the Windows file manager to choose which files to send.
On the secondary PC we will see it appear a window where you can accept the sent file (for security reasons we must always confirm the file, complete with a preview of the content we are receiving), so that we can save it in any position in the computer’s internal memory.
This system is so efficient and fast that it can also be used for transfer files from PC to Mac, from Mac to PC and even from PC to smartphone or tablet (no Android no iOS/iPadOS).
To make the service truly efficient and integrate it on Windows we can turn it into a PC app ed add it to the right-click Send To menuas seen in the guide above how to add options and commands to right-click menus.
3) Google Nearby Sharing
Another effective method to transfer files from one PC to another can be used by downloading to the PC Google Nearby Sharingan alternative app to proximity sharing already seen on Windows.
After downloading Nearby Sharing we launch the app from the Start menu, we log in with a Google account and we specify if we want to share the files only with devices that use the same Google account (which is recommended for security reasons) or if we want the PC to be visible to everyone.
We repeat the whole procedure also on the second PC, taking care use the same Google account everywhere; it is now possible to transfer files simply by clicking on the device to which we want to send the file and dragging the file in question into the interface, starting the transfer (we will see a window appear with information on the transfer).
If we used the public transfer mode the receiving PC will always have to manually accept the fileto avoid finding ourselves with dubious files or files coming from suspicious PCs (it is better to never accept files from unknown people).
Since this system is integrated into Android, we can also use it to transfer files from PC to phone (or vice versa); to learn more we can read our guide on How to activate Nearby Sharing on Android.
AirDroid Personal it is one of the most famous alternatives to transfer files across different platforms without a USB cable; using this program we can transfer any file from one PC to another but also from PC to smartphone, from PC to tablet and from PC to Mac.
To use it, we download the client on the two computers to be configured for the transfer, log in with the AirDroid account on both and, once the app is open, press on the menu Nearby to open the menu where you can see nearby devices; if we have a mobile device configured with AirDroid we can add it to the devices visible via QR Code.
Once connected we can transfer files from one device to another, view the remote screen, manage favorite folders remotely and much more, as seen in the guide on how to control your cell phone from the internet with Airdroid.
All the methods we have shown you in this guide are very simple to use and do not require great computer skills, since all the connection processes are automated. My favorite is without a doubt PairDropcapable of copying the functionality and immediacy of AirDrop to any platform, making it easy to transfer any file from PC to PC or from PC to another platform equipped with a web browser.
To learn more we can read the guides for migrate Windows from one PC to another come on how to connect 2 PCs via wifi to share internet or files.