Share a link or file from a mobile phone or tablet

This article discusses two ways to give other people view-only access to files in your Dropbox: share a file or create a shared link.

Regardless of which you use, people can view, comment on, or download a copy of your file. But, they won't be able to edit the orginal file in your Dropbox. Note that not all platforms support both methods.

Share a file if you only want certain people to have access to your file.

Create a shared link if you want anyone to be able to click a link to access your file.

Click the dropdown below, and select the mobile device that you’d like to see instructions for.

Android

Share a file

  1. Navigate to the file or folder you want to share, then tap the downward arrow to the right of the file or folder name.
  2. Tap Share.
  3. Enter the name or email address of the people who need access to your files.
  4. Under These people, choose Can view.
  5. Add a message about the files and tap Send.

Share a link

  1. Navigate to the file or folder you want to share, then tap the downward arrow to the right of the file or folder name.
  2. Tap Share.
  3. Tap Create a link.
    • If a link was already shared to this file or folder, tap Share next to Anyone with the link can view.
  4. You’ll see a menu of apps, such as email and text, that you can choose from to send your file. Select the app you'd like to use and Dropbox will paste the link into the app.

iPad

Share a file

  1. Find the file you'd like to share in the file list view.
  2. Tap the downward arrow beside the file name to reveal a set of actions.
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Enter the name or email address of the people who need access to your files.
  5. Under the These People option, choose Can view.
  6. Add a message about the files and tap Send.

Share a link

  1. Find the file you'd like to share in the file list view.
  2. Tap the downward arrow beside the file name to reveal a set of actions.
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Under Who Has Access tap Create a link.
    • If a link was already shared to this file or folder, tap Share next to Anyone with the link can view.
  5. Select the way you'd like to share the link, such as email, text message, or social media post.
  6. Fill out information as needed to send or post the link.

iPhone

Share a file

  1. Find the file you'd like to share in the file list view.
  2. Tap the downward arrow beside the file name to reveal a set of actions.
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Enter the name or email address of the people who need access to your files.
  5. Under the These People option, choose Can view.
  6. Add a message about the files and tap Send.

Share a link

  1. Find the file you'd like to share in the file list view.
  2. Tap the downward arrow beside the file name to reveal a set of actions.
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Under Who Has Access tap Create a link.
    • If a link was already shared to this file or folder, tap Share next to Anyone with the link can view.
  5. Select the way you'd like to share the link, such as email, text message, or social media post.
  6. Fill out information as needed to send or post the link.

Windows Phone

Share a link

  1. Tap and hold any file or folder name to reveal a list of actions.
  2. Tap Share.
  3. Select whether you'd like to send a link or copy the link to your clipboard. Selecting Send a link gives you the option to use other apps, such as email, text messages, or social media.
  4. Fill out information as needed to send or post the link.

Windows Tablet

Share a link

  1. Tap on the folder or file you want to share to open it.
  2. Tap
  3. Select whether you'd like to send a link or copy the link to your clipboard. Sending a link will provide several options to share, such as email, Facebook, or other apps.
  4. Fill out information as needed to send or post the link.
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