Google Drive Link Sharing Not Working

Google Drive Link Sharing Not Working

You might be exhausted from trying to open the shared Google Drive link for a while. Still, the shared Google Drive link is not working? No worries! I’m here to help you. 

In this article, I’ll shed some light on why your Google Drive link sharing is not working or the Google Drive link is not opening and how to resolve it. 

3 Reasons that might affect the Google Drive link sharing:

Below are some of the reasons your Google Drive link sharing is not working. 

  • File Existence
  • File Prevailance
  • Sharing Permissions
  • Internet Connectivity

Let’s explore each of the above points in detail.

Does this file exist on Google Drive? 

You are sharing a link to a file that has been deleted from your Google Drive, and the users trying to access it cannot access it. This may be because of non-existence, or they may get bumped. So, please ensure your file is present on Google Drive at first. If you have deleted it, please upload the file and share the link again with your users.

Does your file prevail in the shared folder?

You shared an entire folder on your drive, and they are suddenly unable to access a file.  As seen in the above reason, the file has to exist before you can access it, and please make sure that you have placed your file inside the shared folder on your Google Drive. If not, please add your file inside the folder using the “New +” option that gets displayed after a right-click on your mouse.

Have you turned on link sharing in Google Drive? Why is the Google Drive link not working?

You have shared the link of your file on Google Drive and it is not working for users. Ensure you have turned on link sharing for the file you shared. Following are the steps to check and how to turn on Google Drive link sharing. 

How do I turn on Google Drive link sharing in Google Drive?

Step 1: Navigate to the file or folder you share on your Google Drive.  

Step 2: Right-click on the file if you are accessing it from the computer or tap present at the bottom right of the file to show multiple actions you can perform.  

Step 3: Select “👤+ Share” to open the “Share with people and groups” card window. Then, under the “Get Link” tab, if it shows “Restricted,” please press the “Change” button.  

Step 4: Click the dropdown “Restricted,” It shows the list having the “Anyone with the link” option.  Select “Anyone with the link option,” and you are done. 

Note: In Step 4, You can also customize the access privileges to your files on the Drive by assigning them any one of the privileges such as “Viewer”, “Commenter” or “Editor”.

  • Users with “Viewer” privileges can view the shared file without changing or sharing it.
  • Commenters can add suggestions but they too can’t change or share the file.
  • Users assigned “Editor” privileges are the people capable of making changes to the file shared.  They can also accept or reject suggestions and share the file with others by adding the mail ids’ to the list of shared users.

If you want your file to undergo modifications and improvement, you can assign them the “Editor” privilege. But there are prospects that you only want them just to view, or, in addition to viewing, you can also make suggestions. Authorize them with “Viewer” and “Commenter” privilege access, respectively.

With this option, you can ensure that anyone with a link or only the shared users can access the file or folder you shared.

Do you have proper internet connectivity?

You have shared a document on Google Drive, and if you cannot access the document, please ensure you are connected to the internet. Sounds simple and funny, but without a seamless internet connection to your device, you may not be able to open the file with the shared link, and get an error message as the file is on a remote server.  Sometimes, the file may be very big, and you must have good connectivity. 

Google Drive link not opening in the app? Are you using the latest version of the Google Drive mobile application?

Ascertain if you are using the latest version, and if not, update the Google Drive mobile application and try opening the file again. If the problem persists, please uninstall the application and install it again.

Even after deleting the application and reinstalling, if it is not working, and if there is more than one Google account that is in use on the mobile device, please make sure that the avatar of the account to which the file is shared is displayed in the upper right-hand corner. Sometimes, the link may be purposely restricted, and only the shared accounts can access the file/folder.

Is the Google Drive link not working on the computer?  

If you cannot access the file on Google Drive shared by others on the computer, follow the steps below.

1. Weak internet connectivity is a common cause of computer connectivity errors. Ensure your computer is equipped with stable internet connectivity. 

2. Clear your browser cache and try loading the shared file again, as sometimes, the caches stored on your browser restrict you from accessing and opening the shared document by trying to load the cached version.  

3. Also, please check your browser version; if it’s an old one, please install the latest updated browser application, as browser versions that arrived early may be preventing you from accessing it.

4. You can also try opening the shared Google Drive link in different web browsers, such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari, to see if you can access the shared file/folder.

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We hope this article showed light on the causes of the “Google Drive link sharing not working” problem on mobile devices and computers. Go, fix your issue and enjoy your day.