How to set an expiration date for a shared link

Dropbox Professional, Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise customers can create, modify, or remove an expiration date for a shared link. To do so:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Hover over the name of the file or folder and click the share icon (rectangle with an up arrow).
  3. In the popup window, click Settings.
  4. In the next window, click to toggle Expiration to On. 
  5. Choose when you’d like the link to expire. The shared link expires at 11:59 PM on the day you choose, based on your time zone.
  6. Click Save for the expiration date to be applied to the link.

Once saved, you can copy and paste the link to an email or send it directly through Dropbox. Once the link expires, you need to create a new link to share the file or folder again.

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Shared link expiration date FAQs

What does a shared link with an expiration date look like for the people I share it with?

Recipients will be able to see the shared link page as normal. They won't be able to see the expiration date.

Can I change the expiration date?

You can change an expiration date by following the steps listed above.

What happens if someone I share the link with accesses it after the expiration date?

If someone visits a link after it expires, they'll see an error that says "This link is expired."

I'm a Dropbox team member. Does my admin have any control over the expirations I set?

Admins can assign a default expiration date for team shared links.

Dropbox team admins: learn how to set a default expiration date for shared links created by your team.

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