Dropbox shared folders FAQs

The information about shared folders in this article only applies to users on Dropbox Basic, Plus, and Professional plans.

If you're on a Dropbox Family, Standard, Advanced, or Enterprise plan, learn more about sharing subfolders inside shared folders.

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How does ownership of shared folders work?

If you’re the owner of a shared folder, you automatically own all subfolders that are inside of it. Even if someone else creates a new subfolder under your parent folder, you’ll automatically own the newly created subfolder.

If you change the owner of the parent shared folder, the new owner will own the parent shared folder and all of its subfolders as well.

How do I transfer ownership of a shared folder?

Ownership of shared folders must be changed at the parent folder level. Learn how to transfer ownership of a shared folder.

Who has access to my shared content?

Learn how to find who has access to a shared folder and what type of access they have.

Can I move a shared folder into another shared folder?

You can only move a shared folder into another shared folder if you’re the owner of both the moving folder and the destination folder. If you aren’t the owner of the moving folder, try contacting the owner to move the folder.

Note: You can only move a shared folder into another shared folder on dropbox.com and the Dropbox mobile app.

Can I unshare a shared folder?

You can unshare a folder as long as:

  • The folder doesn’t have any shared folders inside of it.
  • The folder isn’t inside another shared folder.

If you’d like to remove members from a folder that can’t be unshared, you can manually remove members at the parent folder level.

Why can’t I create a shared folder?

There’s a limit on the amount of shared folders you can create.

  • Within a single folder, you can create up to 10 shared subfolders.
  • Within your Dropbox account, you can create up to 30,000 shared folders, including parent folders and subfolders.

If you’ve reached the limit for how many shared folders you can create in a single folder, you can delete some shared folders inside of it or move them to a different folder.

If you’ve reached the limit for how many shared parent folders you can create in your Dropbox account, or how many total shared folders you can create in your Dropbox account, you can remove some shared folders from your account.

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