For Google Workspace customers, Drive lets you set an expiration date when sharing files, and the capability is now picking up a pair of usability enhancements.
For starters, you can now add an expiration date to somebody’s access when sharing instead of only “after a person already has access to the file.” To do so, add somebody as you would normally and tap the roles dropdown. “Add expiration” appears at the bottom and you’ll get a date picker.
Meanwhile, “you can now add expiring access for editors, as opposed to just for viewers and commenters.” This feature is aimed at “time-bound” collaborations so that “you don’t have to clean up a file’s access control list after collaboration has ended.”
Google Drive’s expanded file expirations are rolling out first on the web, and also coming to Android by the end of November.
- Available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, Education Standard, and Nonprofits customers
- Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Education Fundamentals, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Frontline, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers
- Not available to users with personal Google Accounts
More on Google Drive:
- Google Workspace Individual now in 12 more countries and getting 1TB of storage
- Chrome and Google Drive updated with iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets
- Google Drive debuts new circular Material You widget design on Android tablets
- Here’s dual pane Google Keep on Chromebooks, but it’s hard to find on tablets & foldables
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