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5/13/13
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Filipeglfw

Re: Do People I've Shared Files With Need Google Accounts to Access Them?

Hi abcde12345,

for people without Google accounts to access files in Google Drive the file has to be shared with Anyone with the link. Sharing directly to their email addresses won't work because Google can not authenticate users from another email service.

Regards,

Filipe
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Bas Braams
5/13/13
Bas Braams
<<Sharing directly to their email addresses won't work>> It may be useful to point out that according to the Google Docs+Drive Help pages sharing directly to an email address, gmail or non-gmail, is supposed to work. See the page on How To Share here [1]. According to that page (under their item no. 5), in order to share in any way one can "Type the email addresses of the people you want to share with in the text box below "Add people." You can add a single person, a mailing list, or choose from your contacts." There is nothing there or anywhere else on that Help page about a supposed restriction that one can do private shares only to gmail-based accounts.

In fact, I think that it is (or was) meant to be that private sharing could be done to any email address. However, the Google Docs+Drive team is all the time messing up their sharing arrangements and then things don't work the way that they are supposed to work according to the documentation.

According to the documentation [1] private sharing should work to any email account, no restriction to gmail-based accounts. If the documentation is wrong or out-of-date then probably a Google Docs+Drive staffer should say this on this forum, including on this conversation. The issue comes up many times.

[1]  Share and collaborate - How to share
https://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?answer=2494822
abcde12345
5/13/13
abcde12345
Thank you for your help. I changed the setting and now they can access the files. However, without a Google account, they can only download one picture at a time. I will start another thread for that issue. Thanks, again.
abcde12345
5/13/13
abcde12345
Yes, the documentation is a bit confusing and seems contradictory at times. Thank you for this information.
5/14/13
Original Poster
Filipeglfw
Hi,

the link you posted only provides the steps to share the file. To have a better understanding of what each option means, you should head to Sharing settings overview.

In this page, in the Private explanation is wrote
Anyone trying to access the document will have to sign in to their Google Account to verify that they have access to the file.
 
This happens because Google Drive can not authenticate users from services that do not belong to Google.

Regards,

Filipe
 
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