Share files with non-Google Accounts

When sharing a Drive file, you may see an error message that you can only share the file with a Google Account. Your business or school might require this to help protect confidential information.

What to do

If you see the error message:

  1. Ask the person you’re sharing with if they have a Google Account that you can share with. This could be:
    • A personal account that ends in @gmail.com.
    • A work or school account they use for Google products like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. If the person doesn’t have a Google Account, they’ll need to sign up for one before you can share the file.
  3. To help them sign up, send them this link: https://accounts.google.com/signupwithoutgmail.

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