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Google Drive: block sharing from another user

What’s changing

Google announced recently on the Cloud Blog that they will be adding the ability to block other users in Google Drive. If blocked, users won't be able to share any Drive items with you, and user-owned items won't be able to be shared with you or displayed while you're browsing Google Drive. Additionally, your files won't be available to users you've blocked, even if you've previously shared items with them.

Note that you can't block users in your domain, and blocking users on Drive will also block them from interacting with you on other apps and services.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

Google Drive allows both individuals and organizations to store, share, and collaborate from anywhere. Drive's sharing capabilities foster productivity and collaboration, but bad actors can abuse tools that facilitate useful sharing. That's why Google is creating a way to block other users. By using this feature, you can:

1. Block other users from sharing any content with you in the future. This can be a useful control, such as if another user has a history of submitting abusive or spam content.

2. Delete all existing files and folders shared by other users. This is an easy way to get rid of all spam or abusive content shared from a particular user at once.

3. Remove other people's access to your content, even if you've previously shared it with them.

4. Blocking users will not only protect the usefulness of Drive sharing, but most importantly, protect the safety of Drive users.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: Visit the Help Center to learn more about blocking and unblocking users in Google Drive.
Google Drive: block sharing from another user
Google Drive: block sharing from another user

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Rollout pace 

  • Scheduled and Rapid Release Domain: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature exposure) starting July 22, 2021


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Also available to users with personal Google Accounts.

Source: Gimasys

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