How to restrict access to a folder

If you create a folder inside a team folder, the new folder will automatically have the same members as its containing folder. However, if you don't want certain people to access this new folder, you can restrict access to it.

Note: You can only restrict access to folders that are inside a team folder. This functionality is only available to Dropbox Business teams. 

To restrict access to a folder, follow the instructions for your device below.

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Files.
  3. Navigate to the folder you want to edit.
  4. Hover over the name of that folder and click Share.
  5. Click the dropdown next to the name of the group or individual you want to remove.
  6. Click Remove.

Using the Dropbox desktop app

  1. Right-click the shared folder.
  2. Click Share…
  3. Click the dropdown next to the name of the group or individual you want to remove.
  4. Click Remove.

On your phone or tablet

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Find the folder you'd like to edit.
    • On Android tap the downward arrow
    • On iOS tap the (ellipsis) icon or tap # members under the shared folder name
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Tap the gear icon.
  5. Tap the arrow under Who has access.
  6. Tap the group or individual you want to remove.
  7. Tap Remove Access.

In the admin console

If you are a team admin, you can access all team folders using the admin console, even if you’re not a member of the folder. To restrict access to a folder using the admin console: 

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin console.
  3. Click Team folders.
  4. Navigate to the folder you want to edit.
  5. Hover over the name of that folder and click Manage.
  6. Click the dropdown next to the name of the group or individual you want to remove.
  7. Click Remove.

Once you’ve restricted access to a folder, any new members added to the containing folder won’t have access to that folder. Members who do not have access will see the name of the folder and a minus icon as shown below, but they won’t be able to open the folder. 

Note: It’s not possible to fully hide the folder from these members.

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