Stop, limit, or change sharing

After you share a file, you can stop sharing a file at any time. You can also prevent someone you’ve shared with from changing or sharing your file.

Stop sharing a file

If you’re sharing a file with people, the owner or anyone with edit permissions can change the sharing settings for the file.

Stop sharing a file
  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Select a file or folder.
  3. Tap Share or Share Share.
  4. Find the person you want to stop sharing with.
  5. To the right of their name, tap the Down arrow Down and then Remove.
  6. To save changes, tap Save.
Restrict link sharing

When you change a link’s setting to Restricted, the only people who can still see the file are those you have directly shared with in the 'Share with people and groups' section.

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Open or select a file.
  3. Tap Share or Share Share and then Get link,
  4. Under “Get Link”,  tap the Down arrow Down.
  5. Select Restricted.
  6. Tap Done.
Delete a shared file

If you delete a shared file that you own:

  • People that can view, comment, or edit will be able to make a copy until you permanently delete it.
  • To permanently delete the file, find the file in your trash and tap More More and then Delete forever.

If you delete a shared file that you do not own:

  • It will be removed from your Drive, but still accessible to other collaborators.
  • To get the file back, open a link to the file. You’ll see the file in "Shared with me."

Change share settings for Google Forms

Google Forms often have different sharing options than other kinds of files.

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