How to Transfer Files Between Two Computers Using Wi-Fi in Windows 11?

File transfer between two computers is probably one of the most straightforward tasks. By referring to this post, you can quickly transfer any file from one computer to another. You can accomplish this task using built-in WiFi, which means there is no need for a USB or Ethernet. A built-in Wi-Fi adapter is sufficient to achieve the file transferring task.

If you have purchased a new computer or laptop and want to transfer the files from the old computer to a new computer, file transfer through WiFi may be your preferred choice. Using this process, you can quickly transfer files from old to new PC. Furthermore, in this process, there is no internet access required.

Transferring files over WiFi is similar to shifting files over Bluetooth. But, the process for pairing two computers using WiFi is different than Bluetooth. Basically, you need to set both computers on the same WiFi network. Moreover, WiFi can work faster than Bluetooth, and also the range is more. That means, using WiFi, you can quickly move data from one computer to another WiFi-enabled PC. It would take hours to transfer a file over Bluetooth that the same file can be transferred within minutes using WiFi.

How to Configure IP Address of Wi-Fi Adapter in Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Click on the Network & internet category from the left side pane in the Windows Settings.

Step 3. On the right-side pane of Network & internet, click on the Wi-Fi tab.

Step 4. Click the Hardware properties option.

Step 5. Click on the Edit button next to the IP assignment under the Wi-Fi properties section.

Step 6. A new pop-up window will appear with the title “Edit IP settings.”

Step 7. Click on the drop-down menu and select the Manual option.

Step 8. Now, turn the toggle switch to the On position next to the IPv4 option.

Step 9. Now, fill the following details in corresponding boxes:-

  • IP address: 192.168.1.2
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 192.168.1.1
  • Preferred DNS: 192.168.1.2
  • Alternate DNS: 192.168.1.3

Step 10. Now, click on the Save button.

Now, on another computer, repeat the above steps and assign the following values in step 9 to put both PC in the same network:-

  • IP address: 192.168.1.3
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 192.168.1.1
  • Preferred DNS: 192.168.1.3
  • Alternate DNS: 192.168.1.2

That’s it! Both your computers are in the same network, and you are ready to transfer files from one PC to another. But, you need a router that can communicate with both these computers. Configure the router/modem with the following details:-

  • IP address: 192.168.1.1
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 192.168.1.1
  • Preferred DNS: 192.168.1.3
  • Alternate DNS: 192.168.1.2

Now, all three devices are on the same network. Connect both PCs with the router/modem.

The problem is that you may not have a router/modem because most people use mobile Wi-Fi as a hotspot. We can also use smartphone Wi-Fi to transfer data between two computers without internet bandwidth. For that, we need to make all three devices (two computers + one smartphone) in the same network.

Turn on the mobile hotspot on your smartphone and connect both computers with the same phone.

How to Transfer Files Between Two Computers Using Wi-Fi in Windows 11?

Once you have manually done the networking or connected both the computers with a smartphone mobile hotspot, to transfer files between both computers, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Right-click on the drive letter or folder on the old computer from where you want to transfer the data to your new computer and select the Properties option.

Step 2. Navigate to the Sharing tab in the new volume properties dialog box.

Step 3. Click on the Advanced Sharing button.

Step 4. A new pop-up window will open with the Advanced Sharing title. Check the checkbox Share this folder.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Click Close.

Step 8. Now, open File Explorer in the new computer and click on the Network on the left side pane.

Step 9. Here, you can see all the shared folders packed under the computer icon on the right pane—double-click on any you would like to copy. Enter the credentials (username and password of the old computer) to access the folder.

Now your treasurer is opened.

Copy and paste your data into your new computer. That’s it!

It is needless to say again that data transfer within two computers will be through local networking if you have an active internet connection.

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