Team Drives access levels

This feature is available with the G Suite Enterprise, Enterprise for Education, Business, Education, and Nonprofits editions. Compare editions

Users with G Suite Basic cannot create or access Team Drives unless they are invited by a member  
of an external organization that has Team Drives. 

User access levels

To manage Team Drives and their contents, users must have the appropriate access levels.

Note: G Suite Basic edition users can only view files in Team Drives in their own organizations, unless those files have been shared with them directly. Learn more about G Suite Basic edition user privileges.
Task Full access  Edit access* Comment access View access
View Team Drives and files
Comment on files in Team Drives
Make, approve, and reject edits in files
Create and upload files and create folders in Team Drives
Add or remove people to or from Team Drives
Approve or deny requests to access Team Drives
Add people to specific files in Team Drives
Move files and folders in Team Drives
Delete files and folders from Team Drives
Restore files from trash (up to 30 days)


* If you have edit access for a Team Drive or any files shared within a Team Drive, you can currently only view these files in Drive File Stream. To edit the files, access them in Drive on the web. For more information, see Known issues and Deploy Drive File Stream

G Suite Basic edition user privileges

Team Drive privileges for G Suite Basic edition users depend on whether the Team Drive is located inside or outside their organization.

Access to Team Drives inside an organization

G Suite Basic users can only view the Team Drive files that are located in their own organization's Team Drives, unless those files have been shared with them directly. For example, a G Suite Basic user at can only view files on Team Drives from

Access to Team Drives outside an organization

G Suite Basic users who are outside an organization are allowed to manage Team Drives in that organization if they have the appropriate access levels. For example, a G Suite Basic user at with full access can manage Team Drives from
Note: Depending on your organization's sharing permissions, you can share files directly with G Suite Basic edition users to let them view, comment on, or edit files. Learn how to control sharing of Team Drives content.

G Suite administrator privileges

To manage Team Drives for your organization, you must be a G Suite administrator with the Drive and Docs privilege

This privilege lets you:

  • Turn Team Drive creation on or off for your organization. Learn more
  • View and manage the Team Drives in your organization. Learn more
  • Add and remove the people who can access a particular Team Drive. Learn more
  • Control sharing of Team Drives content. Learn more
  • Migrate content to a Team Drive. Learn more
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