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Unshare a shared folder

If you're the owner of a shared folder you can unshare the folder at any time. Editors and viewers can't unshare a folder.

Learn how to tell if you’re an owner, editor, or viewer in a shared folder.

From dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Sharing.
  3. Under Folders in your Dropbox, click Share beside the shared folder.
  4. Click Folder settings.
  5. Click Unshare folder.
  6. In the window that appears, decide if members can keep a copy of the shared folder. Then click Unshare.

From your desktop

  1. Open your Dropbox folder.
  2. Right-click the shared folder.
  3. Select Shared folder settings...
  4. Choose Unshare folder from the More actions menu in the window that appears.
  1. Open your Dropbox folder.
  2. Right-click the shared folder.
  3. Select Manage access... You'll be taken to dropbox.com.
  4. Click Folder settings.
  5. Click Unshare folder.

What happens when I unshare a folder?

The following happens for the former members of the shared folder:

  • The files are removed from their online accounts immediately
  • The files are removed from their linked computers the next time the Dropbox desktop app syncs
  • The files are permanently deleted from their accounts
  • The files aren’t recoverable in their accounts, even with the Dropbox restore feature

When unsharing a folder, the owner can let members keep a copy of the folder. If you choose this option, avoid confusion by telling the members that the folder is no longer shared. That way they know that any changes to their copy of the folder won’t sync to anyone else.

What if the shared folder pop-up window isn't appearing?

You're likely encountering an issue with a third-party browser extension or add-on (such as a pop-up or ad blocker).

To avoid this issue, temporarily disable any browser extensions or add-ons. If you'd like to continue using the extension, you may be able to create an exception for Dropbox in the extension or add https://www.dropbox.com to a whitelist. Unfortunately, not all extensions support this functionality.

What if my shared folder is too large to unshare?

Unsharing large folders can cause dropbox.com to time out. If you get an error that your folder is too large, try the following:

  1. On your computer, move the contents of the shared folder into a non-shared folder.
  2. Let Dropbox sync this move.
  3. Unshare the now empty shared folder.
  4. Move the contents back into the now unshared folder. Or delete the now unshared folder and use the new folder.