[Beta] Share documents with visitor sharing

You can invite non-Google domains to collaborate on your Google Drive files and folders as visitors. You control whether visitors can edit, comment on, or only view the file. You can also stop sharing the file at any time.

Note: You can't share files from a shared drive.

If you get a visitor invitation to edit a Google file

You can use the Google file for 7 days after you enter a verification code. To reopen a file after 7 days, enter the code again.

  1. In your email inbox, open the email from Google.
  2. Click Open in Docs.
  3. Click Send verification code.
  4. In your email inbox, open the verification code email.
  5. Copy the verification code.
  6. Open the other browser tab, and enter the verification code in the box provided.

You can now view, comment, or edit the shared Google Doc. Learn how to add, edit, reply, or delete comments.

Tip: To find the document again, open the email from Google.

Note: If you don't want to be a visitor, email external-sharing-beta-feedback@google.com.

If you want to share a file with an external domain

You can share documents with select non-Google accounts. Contact your administrator to see which select accounts you can share with. Visitors can edit, comment on, or view your document for 7 days after verifying their email address. To reopen a file after 7 days, they can enter the code again.

  1. On a computer, log into your work or school account.
  2. Go to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  3. Click on the file you want to share.
  4. In the top right, click Share.
  5. Enter the non-Google email address.
  6. To the right, choose if the collaborator can view, comment, or edit.
  7. Click Send.
File types you can share with a non-Google domain
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Images, PDFs, Office files
  • Folders
Remove a non-Google domain user

You can take away a visitor's access at any time.

  1. On a computer, log into your work or school account.
  2. Go to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  3. Click on the file that's shared with a visitor.
  4. In the top right, click Share and then Advanced.
  5. Next to the visitor, click RemoveRemove.
  6. Click Save changes and then Done.

Delete your visitor session

People who don't have a Google Account can use visitor sessions to collaborate on Google products such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 

You can delete your visitor session at any time. When you delete your visitor session, your name is removed and all your changes and comments are attributed to an unknown user.  

Important: Deleting your visitor session can’t be undone. If you delete your visitor session, you'll lose access to all the files that are currently shared with you.

  1. Sign in to your visitor session using the "Invitation to Edit" email from Google.
  2. In the top right, click the circle with your first initial.
  3. Click Delete visitor session.
  4. On the "Verify your email" screen, click Send.
  5. In your email inbox, open the verification code email.
  6. Enter the verification code in the box provided and click Next.
  7. On the next screen, click the checkbox and then click Delete.

Create a Google Account

After you delete your visitor session, you can create a Google Account or sign up for G Suite. You can use your Google Account to create your own documents, spreadsheets, slides, and more. 

Tip: After you create your Google Account, you can ask the owner of any files you worked on as a visitor to share those files with you.

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