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How to password-protect your shared files in Proton Drive

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Using Proton Drive

You can share files and folders from Proton Drive with anyone using secure shareable links. These links are generated locally in your browser, so Proton never has access to your files or folders.

Learn how to create a shareable link in Proton Drive 

You can also protect the link with a password and set an expiration date after which the link will no longer work.

Password-protect file-sharing link in the Proton Drive web app
Password-protect file-sharing link on iPhone or iPad (iOS/iPadOS)
Password-protect file-sharing link on Android

If you’ve already created a shareable link and want to add a password to protect it:

1. Log in to Proton Drive(new window) or choose Proton Drive from the app switcher in Proton Mail.

How to choose Proton Drive from the app switcher

2. Go to My files, select the file or folder you want to add a password to, and click Manage link.

Manage link button in Proton Drive

Or select the Manage link option from the vertical three-dot menu on the right.

Manage link option in the vertical three-dot menu in Proton Drive

3. Select Privacy settings, turn on the Protect with password switch, and add a strong password.

If you want to set an expiration date after which the link will no longer work, turn on the Set expiration date switch and choose a date.

Protect with password and Set expiration date switches in Proton Drive

Click Save when you’re done.

4. Close the Share via link window and paste the link into an email or messaging app to send it.

Anyone who receives the link can click on it to access the shared files by entering the password. Make sure you send the password to the person you’re sharing the files with using a secure communication channel or just tell them in person.

If you’ve already created a shareable link and want to add a password to protect it:

1. Tap the horizontal three dots next to the file or folder, and select Sharing options.

Sharing options menu item to add a password to a file-sharing link in Proton Drive

2. Tap inside the Password protection field and enter a password.

Field to enter a password to protect a file-sharing link in the Proton Drive app for iPhone/iPad

3. If you want to set an expiration date after which the link will no longer work, turn on the Expiration date switch and choose a date.

Option to set an expiration date for a file-sharing link in the Proton Drive app for iPhone/iPad

4. Tap Save at the top right to set the password and expiration date (if you’ve chosen one).

Now anyone who wants to access your file or folder will need both the link and the password.

If you’ve already created a shareable link and want to add a password to protect it:

1. Tap the vertical three dots next to the file or folder, and select Manage link.

Manage link option in the Proton Drive app for Android

2. Turn on the Password protection switch and enter a password.

Field to enter a password to protect a file-sharing link in the Proton Drive app for Android

3. If you want to set an expiration date after which the link will no longer work, turn on Expiration date and choose a date.

Option to set an expiration date for a file-sharing link in the Proton Drive app for Android

4. Tap Save at the top right to set the password and expiration date (if you’ve chosen one).

Now anyone who wants to access your file or folder will need both the link and the password.

Learn how to share files and folders with the Proton Drive web app

Learn how to share files and folders with the Proton Drive mobile apps

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