Modified 22 July 2019 by Vicki Rayner

Share your Google Drive files publicly with no sign in required

You can simply share your Drive files publicly with people outside of your organisation by changing the link-sharing options available

To share your file publicly:

  • Select the blue Share button in the top right-hand side of your chosen Drive file
  • Select > Advanced in the bottom right-hand side, select > Change
  • You’ll see a range of Link Sharing options
  • Choose > On - public on the web > Choose Save
  • This means anyone on the Internet can find and access your file - no sign-in required
  • Make sure to copy your new updated URL before sharing it
  • Select > Done

You can change the sharing rights of your files at any time if you no longer want your file to be seen publicly.

If you need to share your file to someone without a Google account but don’t want to make a file public, you can choose Anyone with the Link.

Note: with both these shares your file is being made available to users outside of your domain, so we advise caution. If you need to find out which of your files are shared with users outside of your domain, try out our Drive Permissions tool.