Share folders in Google Drive

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Here’s what people can do with folders after you share it with them:

  • Can organize, add, & edit: If they're signed into a Google account, people can open, edit, delete, or move any files within the folder. People can also add files to the folder.
  • Can view only: People can see the folder and they can open all files within the folder.

More about folder sharing:

  • If you share or unshare folders with a lot of files or subfolders, it might take time before all permissions change. If you change a lot of edit or view permissions at once, it might take time before you see the changes.

Tip: In the meantime, to provide folder access for new collaborators, use the Sharing URL of a file nested deeply inside the folder.

  • Storage is counted against the person who uploaded the file, not the owner of the folder.
  • When you manage large folder structures, child and parent folder permissions can be different. You can override inherited permissions of child folders to be different than the parent folder. You can also remove parent permissions from a child folder.

How to share folders

Share with specific people

Like files, you can choose to only share with specific people that have a Google Account. If you have a work or school account, you can also share files or folders with a group. Learn how to create a group in Google Groups.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Drive app.
  2. Select the folder you want to share.
  3. Select Share Add approver .
  4. Enter the email address you want to share with.
  5. To decide what role people will have with your folder, select Viewer, Commenter, or Editor.
  6. If you use an eligible work or school account, tap on the user's role to add an expiration date.
    • Tip: Expiration dates for folders are available for Viewer and Commenter roles in My Drive.
  7. Choose to notify people.
    • If you want to notify people that you shared an item with them, check the box next to "Notify people." If you notify people, each email address you enter is included in the email. If you don't want to notify people, uncheck the box.
  8. Tap Send Send.
Share with a group of specific people

Share with a Google Group

You can share folders with Google Groups instead of specific people. When you:

  • Add a member to a group: That person gains permission to access the files and folders the group has.
  • Remove a member from a group: That person loses permission to access the files and folders that the group has.

To share a folder with your Google Group:

  1. Create a Google Group.
  2. Add members to your group.
  3. Share the folder with your group.

Tip: Before a folder appears in the “Shared with me” folder, you must open that folder from an invitation or a link.

Allow general access to the folder

Decide if your folder will be generally available, or restricted to only the people with access. If you allow access to anyone with the link, anyone can open the folder.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Driveapp.
  2. Next to the folder's name, tap More More.
  3. Tap Manage access.
  4. Under "General access," tap Change.
  5. Choose who can access the file.
  6. Decide what access level people will have with your folder by selecting an option.
  7. Select whether or not people can find the folder in search results.
  8. Tap Back.

Change sharing permissions of shared folders

Edit, comment, or view shared files

When you share a folder, the files and subfolders inside will have the same status as the folder you share:

  • Editor: People can open, edit, delete, or move any files within the folder. People can also add files to the folder.
  • Commenter: People can make comments and suggestions for files in the folder, but can’t change or share items in the folder with others.
  • Viewer: People can see the folder and they can open all files within the folder.

If you want to change how specific files are shared, you can do so after you’ve shared the folder.

Add an expiration date
Transfer ownership

To make someone else the owner of a folder, go to on a computer.

Files deleted from shared folders

When someone deletes a file from a shared folder, everyone except the owner of the file will lose access.

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