There’s a good chance you’ve got more than one laptop or desktop computer hooked up to your home wifi, and that means you might well need to share files between these devices. How to set this up has changed quite a bit in recent years, and you’ve now got more options than ever if you need certain files and folders accessible anywhere.
To get started, you just need your computers hooked up to the same network, whether that’s through a wifi connection or a wired Ethernet cable. Once you’ve picked your method or methods of choice, getting files shared only takes a few clicks—whether that’s with your own devices or the devices of other people.
How to share files with Windows networking
If you’re using Windows and want to turn on its built-in networking features, you need to open up Settings, then choose Network & internet, WiFi, and the name of the wifi network you’re connected to. Pick Private network and you’re all set—you’ll be able to see other computers and devices on the network, and they’ll be able to see the Windows computer you’re using.
Then search for the “Advanced sharing settings” part of the old Control Panel, and make sure Turn on sharing… is selected under Public folder sharing. You might also want to select Turn off password-protected sharing further down to make it easier to connect. These settings may already be enabled depending on how you set up Windows initially, but you need both to be enabled for file sharing to work properly. By default, the public folder associated with your Windows user account is available on the network. Click on Network in the File Explorer navigation pane to see other computers and devices (if you can’t see it, choose View, Show and Navigation pane).