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How do I unshare a shared folder?

If you're the owner of a shared folder, you can unshare it at any time. Editors and viewers in a folder do not have the ability to unshare it.

When you unshare a folder, the following happens for the former members of the shared folder:

  • The files will be removed from the members' online accounts immediately
  • The files will be removed from their linked computers the next time the Dropbox desktop app syncs
  • The files will be permanently deleted from their accounts
  • The files won't be recoverable in their accounts, even with the Dropbox restore feature

Unsharing a folder also gives you the option to let members keep their own copy of the folder and its contents. If you choose this option, avoid confusion by telling the members that the folder is no longer shared; any changes to one person's copy of the folder will no longer sync across the group.

Unshare a shared folder

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Sharing from the sidebar on the left.
  3. Click the Share link to the right of the shared folder.
  4. Click Unshare folder.
  5. Unshare folder button
  6. In the window that pops up, you can choose to allow other members to keep a copy of the shared folder and its contents. Then click Unshare Folder.

What do I do if the unshare pop-up window isn't appearing?

If the unshare pop-up window isn't appearing, you're most likely encountering an issue with a third-party browser extension or add-on (such as a pop-up or ad blocker)—these can interfere with Javascript.

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 or add https://www.dropbox.com to a whitelist. Unfortunately, not all extensions support this functionality.

What do I do if my shared folder is too large to unshare?

The unsharing operation may take too long to complete over a normal web request if the a folder is large. If this happens, try the following:

  1. On your computer, move the contents of the shared folder into another unshared 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.

Windows users: unshare a shared folder from your desktop

Windows users can unshare a folder using the Dropbox desktop application:

  1. Right-click the shared folder.
  2. Select Shared folder settings...
  3. Choose Unshare folder from the More actions menu in the window that appears.