Share files in OneDrive for iOS

Share files in OneDrive for iOS

You can share OneDrive files, photos, and folders from the OneDrive app on your iOS device just as you can on a PC or Mac. You can also see Files shared with you. To stop sharing, go to the OneDrive website and sign in with your Microsoft account, or with your work or school account.

Select how you want to share

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share OneDrive share > Copy link. OneDrive creates a URL for your files and puts it in your device clipboard.

  3. Go to where you want to put the link, such as a blog, web page or social media post, and paste.

Note: Remember that anyone who has the link can open, download and save the document, and forward the link.

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share OneDrive share > Invite people. (Swipe left on the bottom row to see this option.)

  3. In the Invite People panel, at Share with, enter the email addresses you want. Tap Add Contact Add recipient to add recipients from your Contacts list.

  4. If you want the recipients to be able to add changes or edits, under Options, turn on the Allow editing? switch. Turn it off to make the file read-only for the recipients.

  5. Tap Add. The recipients get an email message with a link to the document.

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share OneDrive share > Email in Outlook.

    If you don't have Outlook for iOS on your device, tap Share > Mail, then use the iOS mail app, or choose the app you want to use.

  3. An email message opens, including a link to the files you're sharing. Enter the address of the people you want to share with, and add a note if you want, then send the message.

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share OneDrive share > Send file. (Swipe left on the bottom row to see this option.)

    Tip: Sharing as an attachment works only with individual files. If you want to share multiple files or a folder, use Invite people or Copy link.

  3. Select the app you want to use for the email message.

  4. An email message opens, with the file you're sharing as an attachment. Enter the address of the people you want to share with, and add a note if you want, then send the message.

Files shared with you

When someone shares a OneDrive file or folder with you, you typically get an email message or a notification on your iOS device. To find the files shared with you in the OneDrive app, tap the Shared view icon Shared view button in OneDrive app for Android at the bottom of the app.

Shared files view in OneDrive app for Android

The Shared view includes files shared with you, and files you've shared with others. When signed in with a personal OneDrive account, tap a sharer's name to find the files shared by that person.

Note: The Shared view looks different when you're signed in with a work or school account.

  1. In the OneDrive app (signed in with your work or school account), select the file or folder you want (press and hold to select it), and then select Share OneDrive share .

    (If you just want to send a copy of the file instead of sharing, click Send a Copy.)

  2. Enter the names of the people you want to share with and a message, if you want.

    Screenshot of iOS sharing dialog box.

  3. (Optional) Click the dropdown list to change the type of link. The Details pane opens, where you can change who can access the link and whether people can edit the item you’re sharing.

    Link sharing options for OneDrive for Business in the iOS mobile app

    Options for Who would you like this link to work for (options vary based on admin settings):

    • Anyone gives access to anyone who receives this link, whether they receive it directly from you or forwarded from someone else. This may include people outside of your organization.

    • People in <Your Organization> gives everyone in your organization access to the link, whether they receive it directly from you or forwarded from someone else.

    • People with existing access can be used by people who already have access to the document or folder. It does not change the permissions on the item. Use this if you just want to send a link to somebody who already has access.

    • Specific people gives access only to the people you specify, although other people may already have access. If people forward the sharing invitation, only people who already have access to the item will be able to use the link.

    Once you decide who the link will work for, you can set additional options:

    • Allow editing - When you share items with this type of link, people can edit files, and can add or delete files in a shared folder. Recipients can forward the link, change the list of people sharing the files or folder, and change permissions for recipients. If you're sharing a folder, people with Edit permissions can copy, move, edit, rename, share, and delete anything in the folder.

      Unchecking this box means that people can view, copy or download your items without signing in. They can also forward the link to other people. However, they cannot make change to the version on your OneDrive.

    • Set expiration date - The link will only work until the date you set. After that, the link will be invalid, and you will need to create a new link for users requiring access to your file or folder.

    • Block download - Only available if you disable the Allow editing option, this means they cannot save a local copy.

    When you're done, click Apply.

  4. When you’re ready to send the link, click Send.

Need more help?

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See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team. To contact OneDrive for Business support from your PC or Mac, select the OneDrive icon in the notification area or menu bar, then select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

OneDrive for Business Admins can also view the OneDrive for Business Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Business Admins, or contact Office 365 for business support.

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OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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