Sharing files and folders with Dropbox Family

The Dropbox Family plan is currently available to a limited audience. To find out if you can purchase Dropbox Family, check the upgrade options in your account settings.

Dropbox Family is a plan with shared storage space that can be used by up to 6 members, age 13 and older.

With the Family plan, each family member has their own Dropbox account where they can securely store and organize their files and folders. The content each member adds or creates counts toward the total 2TB of shared storage. 

Family members can also share files and folders with each other. Individual and shared content can be accessed from a variety of devices with the Dropbox desktop app, mobile app, and on dropbox.com.

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About shared space

Every file or folder in a Family member’s account only counts once toward the total storage space quota. Sharing files and folders with other members of the same Family plan does not count toward the storage quota again. If you share with someone outside your Family plan, or if someone outside the plan shares with you, those files will count toward both your account quota and theirs.

All members of a Family plan can see how much storage space has been used, and how usage is divided between members.

To check storage space:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Plan. Space available and space used are shown. 
    • To see each Family member’s usage, click the arrow next to Everyone else’s files.

Tip: Maximize storage space by sharing with Family members, instead of saving copies of the same file. If plan members have copies of a file in their individual accounts, each file counts towards storage quota used–but a file that is shared among members only counts once.

About shared files and folders

When you share a file, Family members will have access to the file in their own Dropbox account. Documents, photos, and other files stored in Dropbox are updated automatically, so everyone with access to a file sees the same version. 

You can share folders in the same way as files. Anyone you share the folder with will have access to the files inside. Using shared folders, you can create a space that all family members can access, as well as custom folders for specific people. Shared folders can help your family organize and access all types of files, from receipts and tax documents to photos and school work.

Learn more about Dropbox Family

The Dropbox Family plan: an overview

Managing a Dropbox Family plan

How to cancel or leave a Dropbox Family plan

Troubleshooting issues with Dropbox Family

Dropbox Family plan FAQs

Sharing permissions

Family members can choose to share files and folders with edit access or view-only access. Members can share with a single family member, or all of the members on their plan.

With edit access, family members can make changes to files and folders that are shared with them. These changes will be saved on the shared version, so everyone who has access to it will see the changes.

With view-only access, family members can view and add comments to shared files and folders, but they can’t make any changes. 

Sharing with an email invitation

Family members can share files and folders with other family members via email.

To share with an email invitation from the Dropbox desktop app:

  1. Open the Dropbox desktop application.
  2. Select the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click Share on the right side of the desktop app window.
  4. Click Invite via email.
  5. After To, type the email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  6. Select Can view or Can edit from the dropdown menu on the right.
  7. Click Share

To share with an email invitation from the Dropbox mobile app:

  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Select the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Tap “” (ellipsis) to the right of the file name.
  4. Tap Share.
  5. Tap under Send to and type the email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  6. Select Can view or Can edit under the list of recipients.
  7. Tap Share.

To share with an email invitation from dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com. 
  2. Click All Files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the item you’d like to share.
  4. Click Share.
  5. After To, type the email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  6. Select Can view or Can edit from the dropdown menu on the right.
  7. Click Share

Sharing with a link

Family members can share files and folders using a link. Instead of sending an email, Dropbox creates a unique link that you can copy and paste into an email, chat, text, or other message.

To share with a link from the Dropbox desktop app:

  1. Open the Dropbox desktop application.
  2. Select the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Select the item you’d like to share.
  4. Click Share on the right side of the desktop app window.
  5. Click Copy link. The link will be copied to your clipboard.
  6. Paste the link into a message and send. 

To share with a link from the Dropbox mobile app:

  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Select the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Tap “” (ellipsis) to the right of the file name.
  4. Tap Copy link. The link will be copied to your clipboard. 
  5. Paste the link into a message and send.

To share with a link from dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All Files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the item you’d like to share.
  4. Click Share. (If a link hasn't been created, click Create a link.)
  5. Click Link settings to customize who has access.
  6. Click Copy link. The link will be copied to your clipboard. 
  7. Paste the link into a message and send.
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