Set an expiration date for file access



When you’re working with people outside of your organization, such as clients or agencies, you might want to restrict their access to certain files when your projects are complete.

For files in My Drive, you can set an expiration date to limit or end access to that file.

Note: This feature is not yet supported for files in shared drives or Google Forms.

Set an expiration date on access to a file""

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Share the file with a user or select the user you'd like to give temporary permissions to.
  4. Click the Down arrow Down and then Give temporary access.
  5. Next to "Access expires," click the number of days to change the expiration date. Choose a date within one year of the current date.
  6. Click Save.

Note: If you set an expiration date for someone with Editor access, their access changes to Commenter.

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