How to Share Files in Dropbox? [3 Easy Ways]

Dropbox is one of the most popular file-hosting services. It allows you to store hundreds of files and folders in one place and share them whenever you want.

Not to mention the convenience with which you can share files in Dropbox. So, continue reading this article to learn how to do so yourself.

How to Share Files in Dropbox?

There are two ways you can share Dropbox files. You can either send the file to the recipient’s email address or send the file’s link to the receiver. 

The process for sharing a Dropbox folder is similar to how you normally share a file. Just choose the target folder instead of the file using the steps mentioned below.

Using an Email Address

With Dropbox, you can share your files and folders with multiple email addresses simultaneously. This function is available in both the desktop and mobile app versions. So, follow the steps mentioned below.


  1. Open and log into Dropbox on your browser. 
  2. Navigate to the target file.
  3. Right-click the file. Or, tick the checkbox (to the left of the file’s name) and click the three dots from the toolbar. 
  4. Then, click on share > Share with Dropbox. 
  5. A popup menu will appear. Enter the email addresses of the recipients of the files.
  6. Then, press “Share file.” 

On Mobile

  1. Open the Dropbox app and navigate to the target file.
  2. Navigate to the target file.
  3. On the right end of the file name, press the three dots.
  4. Then, press Share > Invite to file.
  5. Under Send to, type in the email address of the recipient.
  6. Press Share.

There are two viewing options for editable files that you can share. By choosing either can view or can edit, you can decide what the recipient can do with the file. On both PCs and mobiles, these options can be changed from the sharing window after step 4.

Using a link

As mentioned previously, you can share the file by copying the link. Please follow the steps mentioned below to create and copy the share link for your files. 

On Desktop

  1. Navigate to the target file.
  2. Right-click the file. 
  3. Click on Copy Link

Mobile app

  1. Go to the file location.
  2. On the right end of the file name, press the three dots.
  3. Then, press the Share >Share link. (Press Create a link if you’re sharing the file for the first time.)
  4. The link is automatically copied to the clipboard on iOS devices. Android users need to press the Copy Link button afterward.

Other Alternatives

If you share a file with the Can Edit permission, keeping track of the original content can get complicated. Luckily, Dropbox has a “send a copy” option. This eases your dilemma and allows you to share a copy of the target file. So, in such cases, share files using the method mentioned below:


  1. Open Dropbox and navigate to the target folder.
  2. Right-click and click on Share > Send a copy.
  3. A popup menu appears. Then, press “create transfer.” Then, a new transfer is created.
  4. Then, share the file by clicking on “send email” or “copy link” as you see fit.

Professional and Business plan users can set the expiration date and password for the file from the settings (gear icon).

On Mobile app

  1. Open the Dropbox app. Then, navigate to the target folder.
  2. Click on the three dots on the file name.
  3. Press on send copy > continue.
  4. Customize Set expiration and Notify me of download as you see fit
  5. Then, press continue >Share link.

When you share a copy from Dropbox, you’re the owner of the file. You can delete the copy whenever you want. 

How Do I Share Files on Your Device Using Dropbox?

You can share files on your phone or desktop with other devices or email recipients when you use Dropbox. However, the file needs to be uploaded to your Dropbox account first. 

Follow the steps mentioned below to upload your files to Dropbox.

For Desktop

  1. Open Dropbox on your browser.
  2. Go to the folder to which you want to upload the file to.
  3. Click Upload > Files. 
  4. Navigate to the file location and double-click the target file

For Mobile App

  1. Open the Dropbox App
  2. Press the Create button from the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Press Create or upload file > Upload file. 
  4. Navigate to the file location on your phone. Then, choose the target file and press Upload.

When the file is uploaded, it stays on your Dropbox cloud unless you delete it. Then, you can share the files following the method mentioned earlier in the article.

Liam Johnson
Liam Johnson

Liam is a tech enthusiast with a knack for helping others use the internet and computer software. He focuses on "HOW TOs" and "FIXES" at SpllittzTech to make your experience with technology better each day.

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