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Dropbox doesn’t allow view only sharing

Dropbox doesn’t allow view only sharing

robbief50
Explorer | Level 3

I recently learned that with Dropbox it is impossible to create a view only share with one specific other Dropbox user. I found this really frustrating and has put a spanner in the works for a big project.

Here’s a quick explainer video: link removed

Basically to share the files with just one other user, you have to give them download access.

Anyone looked into this before? Trying to find a workaround. The use case is providing a video of a football match that we want to prevent them sharing with teammates easily.

 
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Walter
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Hey @robbief50, thanks for using Dropbox and welcome to our Community!

 

I'm not sure if that would do the trick, but have you considered password protecting the shared links you create for the files you'd like to share?

 

Let me know and we'll take it from there. 


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robbieyfs
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Unfortunately the issue is that the person who buys it is likely to have other friends who would like to see the video too (other parents of the kids in the sports team). So I think a password will be very easy to share compared to the nuisance of having to let someone else use your Dropbox account.

Hannah
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Hey @robbieyfs, apart from setting passwords for your links, like Walter mentioned, if you have a Dropbox Professional or Business account, you can also disable downloads for your links.

 

I hope this helps!


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robbief50
Explorer | Level 3
Hi Hannah

Unfortunately that does not work in conjunction with making a singular user be able to access it.

As soon as you make it accessible by just one user, they get an email asking them to join the folder, which overrides the downloads being turned off.

Megan
Dropbox Staff

Hi @robbief50, I'll definitely keep this thread open, in order for other users to share any thoughts, or tricks on this. 

 

If you need anything else, let me know!


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robbief50
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Thanks Megan. It feels like it should be such an easy fix but nobody seems to be able to solve it. I tried to share a video but the link was stripped. If we could just prevent them from getting the email notification asking them to join the folder it would solve everything but seems to be no way.
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