How do I unshare a file or folder with a member?

If you shared a file with someone, you can stop sharing it any time. To do so, you'll first need to know how you shared the file:

Note: If the member you'd like to remove already downloaded the file or saved it to their Dropbox account, they will still have their copy of the file even if you unshare with them or delete a shared link.

Learn how to tell which method you used to share a file.

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How to delete a link to a file or folder

You can remove a member that gained access to a file or folder via a shared link you created by deleting the link. If you delete a link and click the Share button next to a file, all previous members still appear in the list, but the link is deactivated and no longer works for anyone.

To delete a shared link:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click All files.
  3. Hover over the name of the file or folder you want to unshare and click the share icon (rectangle with up arrow).
  4. Click Settings or the gear icon in the top right.
  5. Click either Link for editing or Link for viewing depending on which link you’d like to remove.
  6. Click Delete link.

Note: You can delete shared links that you didn’t create only if you have edit access, or if they’re web-based files, like Paper or Google docs.

How to remove a member from a file or folder

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click All files.
  3. Hover over the name of the file or folder.
  4. Click the share icon (rectangle with an up arrow).
  5. Click Who can access.
  6. Click the dropdown menu beside the name of the person you want to remove from the file.
  7. Click Remove.

Notes about removing people from a file or a folder

  • When you remove a member from a file, that person can no longer access your version of the file on or through their invite. 
  • If the Remove option is greyed out, it's likely that the member is accessing the file or folder through a link to the file, rather than as an added member. If this is the case, you’ll see a message that says People who viewed via link can’t be removed from files. To remove access, you’ll need to delete the shared link that person is accessing the file from.
  • If you invited people to a folder, you can also unshare that folder.
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