How To Give Temporary Access to a Shared File in Google Drive

Britt Britt (157)
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Google Drive and it’s associated applications gives users the ability to create and share whatever they want. With full access to all applications, for free, anyone can take full advantage of Google Workspace’s features.

A handy feature is the ability to share documents and files to other people. Whether you want them to be able to edit, comment, or just view something, Google has an easy way to give other people access! We’ve already published a guide on how to share a Google Doc, but you can now have more control over how long a person has access to a specific file.

Read on to find out how to give temporary access to a shared file in Google Drive!

Disclaimer: This will only work with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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At the top right of the screen, you’ll find a blue Share button. Click it to open sharing settings.

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In the menu, find the person you want to share temporarily with. You’ll only be able to pick an expiration date if they’re someone you’ve already shared the file with.

If you haven’t shared the file with that person yet, simply add in their email address and click Send or Share. Then re-enter the Share menu again.

Next to the person’s name, click the down arrow and choose Give temporary access.

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  • Beside “Access expires,” select a date and time to set as the expiration date.
  • Click save.

That’s it! Now whomever you’ve shared the document with will only be able to access it between now and the expiration date and time!

If you’d like to regulate even more of your Google Doc, be sure to check out our guide on how to add a watermark to a Google Doc!

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