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.

Unshare a folder on dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Files.
  3. Click Sharing.
  4. Under the Folders tab, scroll down to Folders in your Dropbox.
  5. Click (ellipsis) beside the shared folder name.
  6. Click Folder settings.
  7. Click Unshare folder.
  8. In the window that appears, decide if members can keep a copy of the shared folder. Then click Unshare.

Unshare a folder from the Dropbox app on your computer

Mac

  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.

Windows

  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.

What happens when I unshare a folder?

When you unshare a folder, the following happens:

  • The files are immediately removed from each member's account on dropbox.com.
  • The files are removed from each member's linked computers the next time the Dropbox desktop app syncs. However, the files are cached for a short time.
  • The files are permanently deleted from each member's account. Former members can't recover these files.

If you unshare a shared folder, you will have the option to let members keep a copy of the folder. If you choose this option, be sure to tell the members that the folder is no longer shared, and that edits they make in their copy of the folder won’t sync to anyone else.

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

If you don't see the shared-folder pop-up window, you're likely encountering an issue with a third-party browser extension or add-on. For example, 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 whitelist https://www.dropbox.com. However, note that not all extensions support whitelisting.

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.
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