How to Share a Google Drive File


This wikiHow teaches you how to share a file from your Google Drive account with another person via email. You can do this both from within the Google Drive mobile app, and on the Google Drive website.

Part 1
On Mobile

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This app resembles a green, yellow, and blue triangle on a white background. Google Drive will open to the main page if you're already logged in. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address and password to continue.

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Tap and hold the file that you want to share until a checkmark appears next to the file. If the file is within a folder, first tap the folder to open it. On Android, selecting your file will prompt a menu to appear.

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It's at the bottom of the screen. A menu will open.

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This option should be near the top of the drop-down menu. A window with sharing options will appear.

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Do so in the "People" field near the top of the screen. As you type an email address, the matching contact will appear below the drop-down menu if they're in your Google contacts. You can tap the contact name to add the rest of the email address.

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Tap the pencil-shaped icon , then tap one of the following options: Edit (iPhone) or Can edit (Android) - Allow recipients to make changes to the item. Comment (iPhone) or Can comment (Android) - Allow recipients to view and leave comments on the item. Not available for photos, videos, or PDFs. View (iPhone) or Can view (Android) - Allow recipients to view, but not alter the content of, the item.

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It's the paper plane-shaped icon in the top-right side of the screen. This will send your file with your selected permissions to the specified recipient(s). You can also type a comment into the "Comments" box before sending the file to provide your recipient(s) with context.

Part 2
On Desktop

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Go to in your preferred web browser. This will open your Google Drive's main page if you're logged in. If you aren't logged into Drive, click Go to Google Drive, then enter your email address and password. You can change the account you're using with Google Drive by clicking the profile image (or letter) in the top-right side of the page, and then click the account you want to use.

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This will select the file. If the file is within a folder, first double-click the folder to open it. If you're opening a photo or video, it will open in the same window.

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It's an image of a person's silhouette with a "+" icon next to it. You'll find this on the upper-right side of the Google Drive page. Clicking it prompts a window to open.

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Do so in the "Enter names or email addresses" field. This should be the email address of the person with whom you want to share the file. If the person is in your Google contacts, typing in part of their name or email address will cause their full email address to appear below the text field. You can click the address here to add it.

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Click the pencil-shaped icon , then click one of the following options: Can edit - Allows your recipient to make changes to the file. Can comment - Allows your recipient to leave comments on the document without altering the file's content itself. Can view - Allows your recipient to see, but not edit or comment on, the file.

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It's in the bottom-left corner of the window. This will send the file with your selected permissions to the specified recipient(s). You can also type in a comment in the text box before you click Send to provide your recipient(s) with context.