How to enable File Sharing in Windows 10

Follow our simple step by step guide on how to enable File Sharing in Windows and browse its files with your iPad or iPhone.

Windows 10 File Sharing may not be enabled, especially if you don't have other computers on your network or this is the first time you have tried to access shared folders over your network.

Use the following steps to enable File Sharing on Windows 10.

  1. Press the Windows key and type 'Settings" select the Settings App from the listing.

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  2. Click "Network and Internet"

  3. Click 'Status' on the left hand side. Then click Properties under your Ethernet or Wifi adapter.

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  4. In the new dialog:

    Select "Turn on network discovery".

    Select "Turn on file and printer sharing".

    Under All Networks, Select "Turn on password protected sharing".

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    We recommend using password protected sharing, but if you want people with no username or password to be able to access your files (only those files marked for 'Everyone' access), then set password protected sharing to "off".

How to share a folder in Windows 10

  1. In Windows File Explorer find the folder you wish to share right-click it and choose "Properties"

  2. In the Properties dialog select the "Sharing" tab.

  3. You should now see the following dialog. Click the "Advanced Sharing..." button.

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    The following dialog should appear.

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    Tick "Share this folder"

  6. Enter a Share Name that this folder will be known by on the network.
    By default, the folder will be shared for read-only access for the user who creates the share.

    If you wish to change this security, click the "Permissions" button and choose the level of access that you require.

Scan your Network

In FileBrowser follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen.
  2. Tap "Add Location" to the right of the "Remote" Section.
  3. Tap "Computer / Network Drive" this will start a scan of your local network.
  4. Select your computer from the list.
  5. Enter your credentials and tap 'Save'.
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If the scan hasn't worked try adding it manually

Find Computer Name

  1. Launch File Explorer. (To start Explorer on Windows 10, at the tiles screen type 'File Explorer'.)
  2. In the left-hand pane, find the "Computer" or "This PC" node.
  3. Right-click it and choose "Properties".
  4. You should now have a window that looks like the following.
  5. The text ringed in red is your computer name.
  6. This will be the text to enter in FileBrowser's "Address" setting.
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In FileBrowser follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen.
  2. Tap "Add Location" to the right of the "Remote" Section.
  3. Tap "Computer / Network Drive" this will start a scan of your local network.
  4. Tap the 'Manual Setup' icon.
  5. Take the machine name labelled above with a red 'A' and enter it into the 'Address' field.
  6. Take the username labelled above with a red 'B' and enter it into the 'Username' field.
  7. Enter the password for your user account into the 'Password' field. If your account doesn't have a password, tap the 'Blank' button.
  8. Tap the Save button.
  9. Tap your new location which has been added to your home screen to connect.
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If not connected or getting errors please try our Trouble Shooter.