Among the cloud storage applications, Dropbox has been characterized as one of the favorites among users. It is very versatile, in addition, it allows you to adjust the privacy of a file so that it is private and only the owner can see it.

Change the privacy of Dropbox files

  • Log into your account at with your username and password
  • Choose the file you want to make private or secret. In the Shared section, you can see all shared files, folders and links
  • If you are the owner of the document, click on the options button with three dots to access the file’s sharing options.

Remove file link

  • In case the file is shared through a link, choose the option Stop sharing this file
  • If, on the contrary, you want to continue keeping the file, modify the link. Choose who can see the link, with an expiration time and prohibit downloads.

Stop sharing a file

  • Locate the file in the Shared section and click the button with three dots.
  • Choose the Remove option, so that other people can no longer see the file.

How to change privacy settings and make a private or secret file in Dropbox

Note: When you have a document or stop sharing it and it is not in any folder, you are the only person who has access to it. Now if you upload or create a document in a shared folder, all users belonging to the folder can open the document.

Types of Dropbox shares

In Dropbox, you can choose what type of permission you grant to users who have access to your folders and files. They currently handle three roles: Owner, editor, and reader.


He has superuser permissions, that is, he can modify, edit, view and do any type of action on the files. Only one person can be the owner of a document or folder and it is usually the person who creates it.

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When uploading a file or creating a folder you automatically get the owner role, but it is a role that you can transfer to another user. As the folder owner, you can add new users and assign them a role. This role is the only one that has the power to delete or stop sharing a folder.


It is a type of user who has permission to modify a document or folder. They have the power to delete, edit, or add new files within the folder.

Your role also allows you to add or remove members, modify or add roles (minus the owner). Like canceling or sending invitations to members.

Read-only user

It is the role with the fewest actions to perform in Dropbox. You have access to the folder to view files and add comments like other users, but you cannot add, edit, or delete any documents.

The read-only user can see the other users in the shared folder and what role each one plays. You can send emails to other users and leave the folder whenever you want.

Dropbox Paper

Dropbox Paper is a new workspace incorporated by Dropbox to integrate it with the cloud. It works as a collaboration tool where users can create and edit documents, assign tasks, and schedule meetings.

How to tell if a folder is shared in Paper

  • Find the folder and open it
  • Click on the blue share button and you will be able to see if the folder is shared and with which users.

Change folder permissions in Paper

  • Select folder
  • Click the Share loot
  • Enter the names or emails of the users with whom you want to share the folder.
  • When you’re done, click the Invite option. All users will receive a notification or email to indicate that they are members of a new shared folder.