How to join a shared folder

Updated Dec 21, 2023
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This article describes a feature available to customers on all Dropbox plans.

When you’re invited to a shared Dropbox file or folder, you’ll receive a notification on dropbox.com, in the Dropbox apps, and over email.
 

If you’re invited to a shared folder, you can join that folder to access its contents. The shared folder also syncs with other members’ Dropbox accounts. The person who shared the folder with you may have given you either editor or viewer permissions.
 

If you're a member of a Dropbox team, some personal folders that are shared with you by other teammates will automatically be added to your Dropbox account. A folder will only be automatically added if the following criteria are met:

  • You and the person who shared the folder are on the same team
  • You and the folder owner are on the same team
  • The folder contains less than 10,000 files
  • The folder is smaller than 100 MB
  • The folder is shared with less than 100 people

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How to join a shared folder on Dropbox

When you’re invited to a shared folder, you can access it by joining the folder.

How to join a shared folder through the Sharing tab

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Shared in the left sidebar.
  3. Find the shared folder you want to access. 
  4. Hover over the folder you’d like to join and select Join folder.

How to join a shared folder from your notifications on dropbox.com

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click the notification icon (bell).
  3. Click Join folder under the shared folder you want to access.

You need a Dropbox account and a verified email address to accept a shared folder invite. Shared folders are added directly to your Dropbox account and sync with all folder members. If you don't have a Dropbox account yet, you can create one and then accept the invite.

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Note: You need a Dropbox account and a verified email address to accept a shared folder invite. Shared folders are added directly to your Dropbox account and sync with all folder members. If you don't have a Dropbox account yet, you can create one and then accept the invite.

How to request access to a shared folder on Dropbox

If you click a shared folder invite and you're directed to request access, the folder owner may not yet have given you access. For example, someone who received a shared folder invite may have forwarded that invite to you.

How to request to join a folder

  1. Click the invitation link that you received.
  2. Click Request access.
  3. If you have more than one Dropbox account, select which account you'd like to join with.

Your request will be sent to the folder owner, and you'll be notified if the owner accepts your request.

How to add a shared file to your account

When you receive a shared file, you can open it through the email invite or your notifications on dropbox.com, then view a preview of it on dropbox.com. 

Like previews, shared files don’t take up space in your account unless you save a copy of the file to your Dropbox account.

How to see all of the files you were invited to

  1. Log in to dropbox.com
  2. Click Shared in the left sidebar.
  3. Choose the Files tab. From here, you can see all files you were invited to. Click a file to preview it. 
    • From here, you can see all of the files you were invited to. 
  4. Click a file to preview it.

If a file was shared with you through a link, it won’t appear on the Shared page. 

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