Sharing files on Windows

Learn how to send and receive files securely and easily over Meshnet on Windows.

This guide provides the information you need to start sharing files over Meshnet on Windows.

Before you begin

Make sure that the device you want to share files with meets the following criteria:


You can add devices to your Meshnet in two ways, depending on device ownership:

Send files

You can initiate a file transfer from the NordVPN app or by using the Windows shortcut menu.


You can initiate file transfers even if the desired peer device is offline. The device will receive the transfer notification as soon as it becomes active. If the Always accept transfers option is enabled, the transfer starts automatically without needing confirmation.

Method 1: From the NordVPN app

  1. To begin, do any of the following in your NordVPN app:

  2. Under the Start new transfer tab, locate the peer device to which you want to send files.

  3. To transfer individual files:

    1. Click the Send files button.

    2. Select the files in the File Explorer dialog, and click Open. You can choose a single file or multiple files at once.

  4. To transfer a folder:

    1. Click the Send folder button.

    2. Select the folder you want to share, and click OK.

The file transfer begins when the recipient accepts your download request on their device. For details, consult the appropriate guides:


Note You can only send files to the devices that have the file sharing permission enabled for your device. Otherwise, you’ll find a button labeled Sending not allowed in place of the Send files button. For more information, see File sharing permissions.

Method 2: Using the context menu

  1. On your computer, right-click the file or folder you want to share. You can also right-click a group of files after selecting them together.

  2. Point to Send with NordVPN Meshnet and select the Meshnet peer device you want to share the files with.

Receive shared files


Make sure that Meshnet is enabled on your device to receive the file transfer request from the sender.

To download files shared from another linked device, do the following steps:

  1. Have your Meshnet peer send the files. The file transfer request will appear in your NordVPN app and as a Windows notification.

  2. For single-file transfers, click Accept to save the file to your Downloads folder.

  3. If the sharer attempts to send you multiple files, you will be prompted to review the files first. Click Review to open the Review files dialog.

  4. In the Review files dialog, clear the checkboxes to the left of the files that you don’t want to download, if any.

  5. Click Confirm selected.


The first file transfer request notification from a peer device will contain an Always accept transfers from this device checkbox. You can select it to accept future transfers from this sender automatically.

Locate downloaded files

Once the download is complete, you can find the files shared with you by doing any of the following:

  • Clicking Open file location in the notification that appears when the file is downloaded.

  • Checking your system's default download folder location.

Monitor and manage incoming transfers

Canceling a file transfer
  • To terminate a file transfer currently in queue or in progress, click the Cancel (x) button.

Clearing your transfer history

See also

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