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The fast—and secure—way to share links to your files

With the Dropbox link sharing app, it's quicker than ever to share content with your family, friends, and colleagues

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Share large files in seconds—with a secure link

Sharing large files, like photos and videos, can be a hassle. You could send these files in an email, but you'll likely have to compress them to fit under the 25 MB attachment limit. Plus, if you need to send large files from your mobile device, you have to upload each file before sharing. This can be time-consuming without a Wi-Fi connection.

A link sharing app like Dropbox helps share all your large, uncompressed files quickly. With a secure link to content stored in the cloud, you can easily share large video clips or photos without worrying about file size limits or internet bandwidth.

Of course, when you do need to send large video files as a a separate copy, Dropbox can help with that too.

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Easily share links to your files and folders

Dropbox makes it simple to share links to your photos, images, and PDFs with friends, colleagues, and family members. Use the link sharing app to easily send any large, uncompressed file stored in your account.

From the shared link, the recipient can view and download your content with the same quality of the original file. And just like that, you can share various files, photo, or video without any of the pain of attaching or compressing!

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Link sharing app with added security

By using Dropbox as your link sharing app, you always have complete control over your shared links.

  • Any Dropbox user can remove access at any time by deleting the shared link to a file you own
  • Users on Dropbox Professional and team plans can add a password, set an expiration date, and disable downloads for any shared link
  • Dropbox team admins can limit shared link access to certain groups or team members only
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Seamless file sharing on the go

With our link sharing feature, individuals and teams alike can easily share files with their teammates, stakeholders, and even external partners without interrupting their workflow or using a separate file transfer process. 

Plus, the Dropbox mobile app lets you share links to all the same files while you’re on the go, right from your iPhone or Android device.

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Frequently asked questions

Link sharing is a way to conveniently share large files—that you normally wouldn’t be able to send via email attachment or mobile device—by sending a link that points to your file or content stored in the cloud. A link sharing app is the file transfer app or portal used to create the shared links that you would send.

It’s simple to share a Dropbox link to your files with anyone you want—and they don’t even need a Dropbox account. Create a shared link to send any file in your Dropbox and share that link via chat, text, or email with whomever you like. Anyone with the shared link can view and download the file.

Yes, Dropbox shared links are secure. Anyone with the shared link can view and download the file you’ve shared. But, they won’t be able to see or access anything else in your Dropbox account, even the folder where your shared file is stored. 

If you want to stop sharing a specific file or folder, you can remove the link to immediately disable shared access. Anyone who tries to click a disabled link will get an error message.

Yes, Dropbox users on Professional and team plans can add an access password to the shared links they create for their files stored in Dropbox. Simply change the Link access settings to "Only people with the password" to protect the files connected to your shared link.

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