How to Share a Folder on Google Drive in 4 Easy Steps

Mara Calvello
Mara Calvello  |  September 10, 2019

Passwords. Mascara. Your drink with a stranger.

These are some things you shouldn’t share with others. But other things, like a folder in your Google Drive, are meant to be shared. In fact, they can be shared easily in just four steps. Let’s get sharing!

Sharing a folder on Google Drive

There are many cloud storage sites, from Google Drive to Dropbox, that make collaborating with others easy. One of the ways Google Drive allows you to work with others seamlessly is by sharing folders, and all of the documents within those folders, in just a few clicks.

For further instructions and screenshots that break down each step, keep reading.

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1. Click the folder you want to share

When you’re logged into your Google Drive account, find the folder you want to share and click the drop-down arrow next to its name.

Choose a Google Drive Folder to Share


Tip: To share one of your individual folders, right-click on the folder name and continue with the instructions.

2. Click Share

From the drop-down menu, click Share.

Click Share in Google Drive

3. Enter the email address of who you’re sharing with

In the space provided, type the email address of the person you’d like to share the folder with.

Enter Email Address to Share


Related: Learn how to create a folder in Google Docs to ensure all of your documents, slides, and spreadsheets stay organized.

4. Click Send

Lastly, click Send to officially share the contents of the folder.

Click Send to Share Folder in Google Drive


To ensure the person you’re sharing the folder with is aware of their new access permissions, make sure the Notify people box remains checked.

Sharing is caring

That may not be true for everything, but sharing a folder on Google Drive makes collaboration easier than ever. Whether it be with a friend who is helping you plan a weekend getaway or a coworker assisting on a project, it’s a quick way for everyone to have access to the necessary documents.

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Mara Calvello

Mara Calvello

Mara is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. In her spare time, she's typically at the gym polishing off a run, reading a book from her overcrowded bookshelf, or right in the middle of a Netflix binge. Obsessions include the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, and all of the Italian food imaginable. (she/her/hers)