How to remove members from a shared folder

If you want to remove access to a shared folder, you can remove specific members or you can unshare the folder. 

Note: When you remove a member from a folder or unshare a folder, you can choose to let them keep a copy of that folder, but it will no longer sync with other accounts.

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Remove a member from a shared folder

When you remove a member from a shared folder, that member loses access to the folder and all the files it contains. You must be the owner of the folder to remove members unless the owner has given the editors permission to manage access to the folder.

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the folder you’d like to manage and click the share icon (person).
  4. Click [x] people have access.
  5. Click the dropdown next to the member you’d like to remove.
  6. Click Remove.
  7. Choose if you want to leave the member a copy of the shared folder.
  8. Click Remove.

On the Dropbox desktop app

  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click or command-click the folder you’d like to manage.
  3. Click Share….
  4. Click the dropdown next to the member you’d like to remove.
  5. Click Remove.
  6. Choose if you want to leave the member a copy of the shared folder.
  7. Click Remove.

Unshare a folder

When you unshare a folder, the files are permanently deleted from each member's account and removed from any linked devices the next time the Dropbox desktop app syncs. If you're the owner of a shared folder, you can unshare the folder at any time.

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the folder you’d like to unshare and click the share icon (person).
  4. Click the settings icon (gear icon).
  5. Click Unshare folder.
  6. Click Unshare.

On the Dropbox desktop app

  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click or command-click the folder you’d like to unshare.
  3. Click Share….
  4. Click the settings icon (gear icon).
  5. Click Unshare folder.
  6. Click Unshare.
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