Can’t edit a file

If you can’t edit a file, a few things could be wrong:

  • The file owner didn’t give you permission to view the file.
  • You're signed in to a different Google Account.
  • Someone else with edit access removed your permission to edit.

You can only request edit access from a computer, but you can see what access you already have on your phone or tablet.

Check your access on your Android device

You can only request edit access from a computer, but you can see what access you already have on your phone or tablet.

  1. In the Docs, Sheets, or Slides app, open a file.
  2. Under the title of the file, look for "View only" or "Comment only."

If you see "View only" or "Comment only," open the file on a computer to request edit access.

Download the apps to edit a file

To edit a file on your phone or tablet, download and sign in to the apps:

Get more help

If these options didn't help, see some answers in the Google Drive forum.

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