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So, Dropbox just enabled a new feature that lets you share any folder, with anyone. I know what you're thinking: "but, Cam, I can already share folders with anyone I want. There's nothing new here." While you can share folders with other Dropbox users, this is different. It's actually more like sharing things in your public folder - it basically allows you to share the contents of a folder via link, but the recipient can't edit the files, only view them.

Oh, and it already works from the Android app, no update required.

So, here's the gist: on your desktop, you can right-click on any folder within your Dropbox folder and select "Get link." A window will pop up in your browser with the contents of the folder - simply copy the link in the address bar and send it to whoever you want to share with.

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Similarly, if you want to share a folder directly from the Android app, just hit "Share" and then "Copy link" from the share dialog. The link will then be copied directly to the clipboard so you can easily paste it into a chat app, Gmail, Facebook... wherever.

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While this may be a nifty new feature, there are a couple of concerns here, but it looks like the Dropbox guys are a step ahead of us. First off, if someone tries to share a folder full of copyrighted material, there's a convenient little "Flag for copyright" box at the bottom-right of the page (rather a good idea, Dropbox).

But what if you want to retract the sharing of a folder? Not a problem - there's a central location where you can manage every folder that you've shared, so removing the link is no more than a click away.

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This update may be minor in nature, but that doesn't take away from how incredibly useful it is - I can see myself using this very often. If you're already a Dropbox user, then you already have this feature; nothing needs to be updated or activated. It's just there. Nice.

[Dropbox Blog]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Awesome 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1601526928 David Batty

    This has always been there

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Though it was just me

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Though it was just me

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        No, this type of sharing is a new feature. 

        • JCopernicus

          I've been using this for months.

          It's possible people dabbling with the beta versions had this functionality turned on beforehand.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Are you sure you're all talking about the same feature here? Public sharing folders and files from any one of your folders, not just the one that's named Public.

            We're not talking about private sharing, where you input people's email addresses, which has been there for ages.

            I know for a fact my account didn't have this until today (or a very short time ago) and I always wanted to do this.

          • John

            I think you're talking about something else:
            http://blog.dropbox.com/?p=1138

  • blind

    I hate to correct you, but I've been sharing folders on Dropbox for quite a while now, and the sharing recipients are able to edit the files no problem. I share folders to collaborate on themes with people, Dropbox actually has the best shared-folder-sync function out of any of the cloud services I've tried (which was a lot). As soon as I edit the file, it uploads and as soon as it's uploaded, it immediately downloads onto anyone's computer who has my folder shared with them...

  • blind

    I hate to correct you, but I've been sharing folders on Dropbox for quite a while now, and the sharing recipients are able to edit the files no problem. I share folders to collaborate on themes with people, Dropbox actually has the best shared-folder-sync function out of any of the cloud services I've tried (which was a lot). As soon as I edit the file, it uploads and as soon as it's uploaded, it immediately downloads onto anyone's computer who has my folder shared with them...

    • Daniel

      I think you didn't unterstand what the feature is. Yes you can share a folder with someone, who also uses dropbox. BUT with this feature you can share a folder with anyone you give the link to. And he can view the content of the folder then over the dropbox website.

      • nicknack

        I am using this features for many months now and it works like described in the article since then. Although, I don't know if it was integrated in the desktop application, because I created my links through the web interface all the time. My links were viewable by any user at the Dropbox website, they did not have to own a Dropbox account.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          But did you have to put the files/folders into the Public folder? If not, maybe some of you were using beta features somehow, while the rest of us couldn't do this.

          • nicknack

            No, I could any folder in my Dropbox. However, great that it is usable by all of you now, if it wasn't before.

          • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

            same here, I saw it working on the beta version, though it was a new feature. maybe because im paying for dropbox? I have screenshots before the update (or was something they could remotely enable?) 

          • xnifex

            Yeah I've been using it for a least the last year. It was a beta feature that you could enable by going to a specific URL. Great feature to share stuff between friends. If you Google "Enable share link on Dropbox" you can probably find the link. Had friends use it all the time

  • blind

    Ah, disregard my comment, I read the article backwards. Sorry.

  • John

    Hah...very sneaky how you threw your referral link in there Cameron ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's actually auto-linked by some of my code. I'm going to remove it now, as it's not fair to you guys that we can promote this link and you can't.

      • John

        Oh. Hah..well that's nice of you. It doesn't bother me (i'm sure it will to others, which wouldn't be a surprise). I was just giving him a hard time. Thx

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Oh DropBox can you make me love you any more?

    Also, I am sorry, but I will start ignoring you as soon as Google Drive is here (provided it does not suck).

    • John

      Agreed. If Google does it right, I'll be moving over to them in a heartbeat. Having two-factor authentication is a great protective measure of the heart of my online services.

  • Mike Loomis

    I'm still waiting for my storage increase that we was told was coming weeks ago. I'm still sitting at 6gb.

  • Thumbsis

    When do we actually get the feature to SYNC a folder on your Android to Dropbox? Shouldn't that be a feature by default for crying out loud?

  • Robert Oliveira

    It's nice to see this feature enabled. Seems @Dropbox is trying to keep up with the likes of INSYNCHQ (which had this feature from the start) and the forthcoming Google Drive, which is sure to also offer such a feature.

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  • azahrudhin

    I have configured the dropbox for my iPhone if some one share any folder it is not coming in drop box folder how to get folder visible when some one share the folder

  • Conrad Senior

    They screwed it up. I can't copy a link to embed it in my phone for access of my books library. Dropbox suxs.