A shared folder in Dropbox is any folder that you’ve invited other people to view or edit—even if they’re outside your team or don’t have a Dropbox user account. Anyone with shared folder access can see all the files in that folder, but nothing else outside of that folder.
- Right-click on the folder you want to share.
- Select Give Access to > Specific people.
- From there, you can choose specific users and their permission level (whether they can read-only or read/write). …
- If a user doesn’t appear on the list, type their name into the taskbar and hit Add. …
- Click Share.
Shared folders use space in each member’s account, unless each person is on the same Dropbox Business team. Your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data in your Dropbox account. This includes all shared folders you are a member of and all files collected from file requests.
When you share a link with someone, they can view the file or folder on dropbox.com. You can send a link by email, Facebook, Twitter, instant message, social networks, wherever you want. You can share these links with anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
Set up file sharing on Mac
- On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sharing . …
- Select the File Sharing checkbox.
- To select a specific folder to share, click the Add button at the bottom of the Shared Folders list, locate the folder, select it, then click Add.
Open Computer Management and, on the left side of the window, browse “System Tools -> Shared Folders -> Shares.” The central panel from Computer Management loads the complete list of all the folders and partitions that are shared by your Windows computer or device.
One reason this policy exists is to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking Basic accounts with shared folders. If you need more space, consider upgrading to Dropbox Plus, Family, or Professional.
If you’re having trouble sharing a folder, it’s possible that the people you’re sharing with don’t have enough space to accept the invite. If you’re having trouble joining a shared folder that someone invited you to, it’s possible the folder is larger than the remaining available space on your account.
The amount of space in your Dropbox prevents you from accepting a shared folder invite if: The shared folder is larger than your space quota (for example, the shared folder is 5 GB but your account is 2 GB total)
Can someone upload to my Dropbox without an account?
Can I upload files to Dropbox without a Dropbox account? If someone requests files from you, you don’t need a Dropbox account to upload files into the file request. However, without a file request, you need a Dropbox account to upload and share files.
- Sign in to dropbox.com.
- Click Upload.
- Click Files or Folder: If you choose Files, select as many files as you like and click Open. If you choose Folder, select a folder and click Upload.
It’s simple to send or share files from Dropbox with anyone you want—and they don’t even need a Dropbox account. Create a shared link from your Dropbox desktop or mobile app for iOS or Android and share that link via chat, text, or email. Anyone with the shared link can view and download the file.