Proton Drive now lets you share your files and folders with secure links

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This post was updated on January 25, 2022.

You can now share any Proton Drive file or folder with anyone by using a secure, shareable link. If you need to share sensitive material, you can require the link’s recipient to enter a password before they can access the file or folder.

This past year has seen an unprecedented shift to online and remote work, which clearly demonstrates the need for a cloud storage service that protects its users’ data. Proton Drive, our new storage service, uses end-to-end encryption to ensure no third parties (not even Proton) can access your personal files. 

Learn more about Proton Drive’s security 

How to share files and folders in Proton Drive

You can share files or folders stored on Proton Drive with family, friends, and colleagues by creating a publicly shareable, secure URL in Proton Drive. To create a link:

1. Log in to drive.proton.me, select the file or folder you would like to share and click Get link. You can’t share multiple files or folders with a single link, but you can place multiple files into a folder and then share that folder with a link.

Select a file or folder then click Get link

2. This will bring up the Share via link options window. By default, Proton Drive will generate a secure link, which is shown here. To share the file or folder with others, simply click the Copy link button.

Screenshot of the Share via link window

Anyone who clicks the link will be taken to a landing page where they can download the file or folder. 

Download page

The file or folder you shared remains encrypted until it reaches the device of the person who clicked the link.

Password-protected shareable links

If you share a sensitive file or folder, you can choose to protect your shareable links with a password of your choosing. To do this:

1. On the Share via link page, click Advanced settings.

2. Toggle the Protect with a password switch on and enter a password that only people you intend to share the file or folder with will know. You can also set an expiration date for the link if you wish. After that date, the link will not work.

Click Save when you’re done, then Copy link to copy the updated link.

The file or folder-sharing process works in the same way as for non-password protected links, except that whoever clicks one of these links is taken to a landing page where they must enter the password you set. Only then will they be able to download the file. 

To maintain security, we advise you share the password with your intended recipient via an end-to-end encrypted messaging service, like Proton Mail or Signal.

You can also disable any file or folder-sharing link you have created at any time by selecting the file that has been shared and then clicking the Manage Link button in the toolbar. Alternatively, right-click the file or folder → Manage link.

This will bring up the Share via link window. Click the Stop sharing button to disable the link.

File and folder sharing is an important milestone for Proton Drive

End-to-end encrypted file and folder sharing is an essential step for Proton Drive, and makes it much easier for you to share content with your friends and family, and for teams to collaborate on projects. With this new file and folder sharing feature, you can share sensitive documents while keeping them securely encrypted with only a couple of clicks.

Going forward, we plan to add Proton Drive apps for Android and iOS to make it even easier for you to securely access your files on your mobile devices. 

How to access Proton Drive

Everyone with a paid Proton plan has access to the Proton Drive beta. To access Proton Drive, go to mail.proton.me and log in using your Proton Mail credentials. Once you are logged in, use the App Selector to choose Proton Drive.

If you have a paid plan and have enabled beta access in the Proton Mail web app, you will instantly get access to Proton Drive. You will be prompted to enable beta access if you have not already done so.

If you have a paid plan, you can also go to drive.proton.me and sign in using your Proton Mail login credentials.

Our mission is to build an internet that puts people first. If having an internet that promotes security, privacy, and freedom is important to you, consider signing up for one of our paid plans.

Tell us what you think of our file-sharing feature

Your feedback and comments on Proton Drive and its new file and folder sharing feature are invaluable. They help us improve Proton Drive so that we can make the secure cloud storage system you want. 

You can send us your comments and feedback on Proton Drive inside the web app during the beta. You can also email us at drive@proton.me.

To report issues, click Help > Report bug.

If you have any questions about this beta, please let us know.

Update June 8, 2021: This article was updated to reflect Proton Drive’s new UI and that Proton Drive is now available to everyone with a paid Proton plan.

Update January 26, 2022: This article was updated to reflect the fact that you can now share folders as well as individual files with a link.

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