How to Transfer Files from Laptop to Laptops: 5 Easy Methods

Do you want to transfer files like photos, videos, and audio from one laptop to another, whether between Dell laptops or any other models? If so, this guide will help.

In this post, a step-by-step method has been provided to guide you on how to easily transfer files wirelessly or using a data cable. By following this method, you can transfer personal photos, videos, documents, and any other files easily.

These methods are the best and simplest ways to transfer files from one laptop to another.

Things to Know Before Transferring Files:

  1. Check destination laptop storage.
  2. Back up important files for safety.
  3. Close apps for a smooth transfer.
  4. Good internet speeds help for wireless transfers; use wired connections for big files.
  5. Keep laptops updated with the latest OS and antivirus.
  6. Safely remove external devices to avoid data issues.

Ways to Transfer Files from Laptop to Laptop

Method 1: Use a USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

Step 1: Connect your USB flash drive or external hard drive to your source computer.

Step 2: Copy the files from your source computer that you want to transfer to the destination computer.

Step 3: Next, go to This PC on your source computer, and under the Devices and Drives section you will see your USB flash drive or external hard drive listed over there.

Step 4: Double-click on the drive to open and paste the files into the USB flash drive or external hard drive.

Step 5: Now, connect your USB flash drive or external hard drive to the destination computer.

Step 6: Go to This PC and open the drive. Now, move the files from the USB flash drive or external hard drive to your desired folder of the destination computer.

Method 2: Using Google Drive

Step 1: Go to Google Drive on your source computer and sign in using your Google account, if not.

Step 2: Click on My Drive from the left sidebar and then click on the + New button to upload files.

Step 3: Select File Upload from the options list.

Step 4: A pop-up window will appear, go to the folder where your file is located. Select the file and click on Open. Your file will be uploaded depending on your internet speed.

Step 5: Now, go to Google Drive on your destination computer and sign in using the same account you used to upload your file. Click on My Drive and you can see the uploaded file there. Select the file and click on the three dots on the right side of the selected file. Next, click on Download to save the file to your destination computer.

Method 3: Using Network Sharing

Step 1: Press the Windows key on your keyboard. Type Control Panel into the search box and press Enter.

Step 2: Click on Network & internet.

Step 3: Now, click on Network and Sharing Centre and open it.

Step 4: Next, click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings‘.

Step 5: In the Private networks, turn on the toggle for ‘Network discovery‘ and check the box for ‘Set up network connected devices automatically‘. Then, turn on the toggle for ‘File and printer sharing‘.

Now, navigate to Public networks. In this section, turn on the toggle for ‘Network discovery‘ and ‘File and printer sharing‘.

Proceed to ‘All networks‘. Turn on the toggle for Public folder sharing. In the File sharing connections, select the ‘128-bit encryption‘ option. Finally, for Password-protected sharing, turn off the toggle.

Note: To make this method work, you need to configure the settings on both laptops. Simply follow Steps 1 to 4 for settings configuration on both laptops.

Step 6: Now, connect both your laptop to the same wifi network. If you don’t have wifi then you can use a hotspot connection.

Step 7: Create a folder on your source laptop and copy the files to this folder as you have to make this a sharing folder. You can also copy your files to this folder after making it a sharing folder as well.

Step 8: To make a sharing folder, right-click on it and click on ‘Show more options‘ if you can’t find the ‘Give access to‘ option. Select the option Give access to and choose Specific people.

Step 9: A new window will open. Select Everyone from the list of options after clicking on the down arrow and then click on Add.

Step 10: Once added, right next to it you can see Permission Level as Read. Click on it and select Read/Write to be able to transfer the files. Lastly, click on Share.

Step 11: After processing, your folder will become a sharing folder, and then click on Done.

Step 12: Right-click on the sharing folder and select the Properties option.

Step 13: A new window will open, you have to click on sharing. Here you will get the Network Path. Note the network path and using this we will transfer the file.

Step 14: Go to the destination laptop and check whether both laptops are connected to the same network; if not, connect to the same network. Press Windows + R on your keyboard. A Run command window will open. Enter the same network path into the box that you noted earlier and click OK.

Note: If you are doing it for the first time, you might need to enter your wifi password for security reasons.

Step 15: All the files on the sharing folder you created on the source laptop will be visible here. Select all the files then right-click on them and click on Copy.

Step 16: Now, paste the files to your destination folder.

In this way, you can transfer files from one laptop to another without using any data cable.

Method 4: Nearby Sharing (Windows 10 or later)

Step 1: Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on both the laptops. You will get this option after clicking on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom right corner of your screen.

Step 2: Next, to enable the Nearby Sharing option, click on the Start button and then click on Settings.


Step 3: Click on System from the left sidebar and then scroll down and select the Nearby Sharing option.

Step 4: After that, click on the Everyone Nearby option. Now, your laptop is visible to nearby devices.

Note: You will have to enable these settings on both laptops for file transferring.

Step 5: Now, select the file on your source laptop that you want to send to the destination laptop. Right-click on it and then click the share icon from the context menu.

Step 6: On your next screen you will get to see all nearby devices, click on the target laptop.

Step 7: Go to the destination laptop. You will see a pop-up notification at the bottom right to accept file requests from your source laptop. Click on the Save button and the file will be saved in the download folder.

Method 5: Using Data Transfer Cables

Data Transfer Cables offer a convenient solution for transferring files between two computers in close range. Similar to standard HDMI and USB cables, there is a specific USB-to-USB cable designed for connecting two computers. To establish the connection, you can use a USB-to-USB transfer cable, or use a USB-to-USB adapter based on your specific requirements and compatibility.

Additionally, USB adapter software must be installed on both your computers before you go for file transfer. This method does not require you to use external devices such as external hard drives, USB flash drives, etc, and can transfer files quickly.

To transfer files via data cable, both your laptops must be close to each other and both laptops must be powered on. Follow the steps below to transfer files –

Step 1: Connect both of your computers with a USB-to-USB data transfer cable.

Step 2: The next step is to install transferable software on both computers. Generally, a disk is provided with your transfer cable which contains transfer software. Install that transfer software on both laptops. If you are not given a disk then you need to install the “driver” software from the official website. Go to the official website of the Data cable and download the driver software on both your computers.

Step 3: After installation, open the software on both computers. You will get a side-by-side view of both the computers.

Step 4: Now you can access both computers for file transferring. Copy any file you want to transfer from your source laptop and paste it into any folder to your destination computer.

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Final Words

Transferring files between laptops is a simple process that can be done in a variety of ways. You can transfer any type of file, including photos, videos, and documents, using external storage devices, wired connections, and other methods. By following the step-by-step instructions given in our previous response, you will be able to transfer your files easily.

If you’re having trouble transferring files, there are a few things you can try. First, make sure you’re not applying any restrictions or settings that might prevent the transfer. If you’re still having trouble, you can try taking your laptop to a service station to have your external storage device replaced or repaired.

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