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How to Create a Dropbox Link

Written by, Andriana Moskovska

Updated July, 20, 2023

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to share files with colleagues and friends, then Dropbox might be a good place to start.

With a few clicks, you can create a link that allows anyone to view or download your videos, pictures, and files.

If you want to learn how to create a Dropbox link, keep on reading.

What Is a Dropbox Link?

A Dropbox link is a web link that grants access to your files in your Dropbox account to other people. Anyone can access a file on your account with a Dropbox link, regardless of whether they have a Dropbox account. So, even if you want to email loads of pictures of your last party, you can easily do it with a Dropbox link.

By default, anyone who has the link can access the file or folder and download it. You can change link permissions in Settings. For example, you can disable downloads, set an expiration date, or set a password for specific files and folders. You can also choose to share it with certain users only.

If you share a link to a folder, the recipient of the link will be taken to a page where they can select the files they want to download, provided that the user of the Dropbox account has granted it.

How to Create and Share a Dropbox Link in Your Browser

To create a Dropbox link via a browser,

  • Go to the Dropbox website.
  • Log in to your Dropbox account.
  • Click on “New” in the top left-hand corner of the screen, and select” Link.”
  • Enter the name of the file or folder you want to share.
  • Click Create.

To share the Dropbox link,

  • Once you click “Create,” a new page will open with a unique web address for the file or folder. 
  • Copy the URL and send it to the person you want to share it with.

How to Create and Share a Dropbox Link from Your Computer

Creating a Dropbox link on your computer (both Windows and Mac) is one of the easiest and fastest ways to share a Dropbox link. 

In fact, it only requires two steps.

  • Right-click on the file.
  • Select “Copy Dropbox Link.”

The link to the file will be copied to the clipboard. You can then just paste it anywhere you’d like (in a chat or an email).

Note: The file’s settings cannot be changed from your computer. You can click on “View on Dropbox” to access the file in your browser and set file sharing permissions from there.

How to Create a Dropbox Sharing Link on Your Phone or Tablet

Creating and sharing a Dropbox link from the app is pretty straightforward. 

1. Open the Dropbox app.

2. In the top left corner, tap on the three dots.

3. Select “Share” and then tap on “Create a link.”

4. Add the recipient’s email address.

5. Tap “Send.”

Note: If you don’t want to share the link via email, there is an option to share the link via other apps. You can also copy the URL to your clipboard and paste it anywhere you want.

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering how to create a Dropbox link, the process is simple and doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Dropbox users can share both files and folders via links, including with people who don’t have a Dropbox account, and set sharing permissions.

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