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How can I set an expiration for a shared link?

Add, modify, or remove an expiration for a shared link

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over the file or folder name and click the Share button that appears.
  3. In the popup window, click Link settings.
  4. In the next window, click Set password / expiration (or for Dropbox Business users, Set visibility / expiration).
  5. Select Yes and choose when you’d like the link to expire. The shared link expires at 11:59 PM on the day you choose, based on your time zone.
  6. Click Save settings for the expiration date to be applied to the link.

Once saved, you can copy and paste the link to an email or send it directly through Dropbox. Once the link expires, you need to create a new link to share the file or folder again.

Frequently asked questions

What does a shared link with an expiration look like for a recipient?

Recipients will be able to see the shared link page as normal. They won't be able to see the expiration date.

What if I want to change the expiration date?

You can change an expiration date using the steps in this article. This time choose a different expiration date.

What happens if a recipient accesses a link after it has expired?

If someone visits a link after it has expired, they'll see this page:

I'm a Dropbox Business team member. Does my admin have any control over the expirations I set?

Admins can't enforce expiration policies for team member shared links. However, admins can restrict all shared links to team-only.

Dropbox Business admins: learn how to make links team-only.