Stop, limit, or change sharing

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After you share a file, you can stop sharing at any time. You can also control if people you've shared with can change or share your file.

Stop sharing a file

If you’re sharing a file, the owner and anyone with editor access can change the permissions and share the file.

Stop sharing a file or folder
  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Select a file or folder.
  3. Tap Manage access.
  4. Find the person you want to stop sharing with.
  5. Tap the person and then Remove.
Restrict general access to a file or folder

When you change an item's general access to Restricted, only people with access can open the file.

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Open or select a file.
  3. Tap Manage access.
  4. Under “General access”,  tap Change.
  5. Tap the audience who has access.
  6. Select Restricted.
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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