How to Stop Receiving Shared Files on Google Drive: Quick Control Settings

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How to Stop Receiving Shared Files on Google Drive

When you use Google Drive, it’s common to receive shared files from colleagues, friends, or family. However, there might be times when you wish to stop receiving these shared files. I’m Tracy, and today I’ll guide you through the steps to manage your shared file preferences so your Google Drive remains clutter-free.

Understanding Google Drive Sharing Settings

Before diving into how to stop receiving shared files, it’s vital to understand that Google Drive’s sharing settings are designed to promote collaboration. When somebody shares a file with you, it doesn’t automatically occupy space in your Drive unless you choose to ‘Add to My Drive’.

Removing Access to Previously Shared Files

If you’ve already added shared files to your Google Drive and wish to remove them, here’s what you should do:

  • Go to Google Drive.
  • Locate the shared file you want to remove.
  • Right-click on the file and select ‘Remove’.

Adjusting Sharing Notifications

To adjust your settings for sharing notifications:

  • Click on the ‘Settings’ gear in the top-right corner of Google Drive.
  • Choose ‘Settings’ from the dropdown menu.
  • Navigate to the ‘Notifications’ tab.
  • Uncheck the options under ‘Sharing’ to stop receiving notifications about new shared files.

Rejecting Incoming Shared Files

If you want to reject a file that has been shared with you but not yet added to your Drive:

  • Open Google Drive and go to ‘Shared with me’.
  • Right-click on the file you do not want to accept.
  • Select ‘Remove’.

Keep in mind that removing a file from ‘Shared with me’ does not remove it from your ‘Quick Access’ section if it has appeared there due to frequent interaction.

Limiting Future Shares

To prevent users from sharing files with you in the future, there is no direct setting in Google Drive to block incoming shares. Instead, consider the following approaches:

Communicate with the Sender

The simplest step is to let the individual know you do not wish to receive files. While this method relies on the cooperation of the sender, it is an immediate solution to stop unwanted files from being shared with you.

Report Unwanted Shares

If unknown individuals frequently share files with you, Google Drive allows you to report this as a violation:

  • Open the shared file or select it from ‘Shared with me’.
  • Click on the ‘More’ (three vertical dots) button.
  • Choose ‘Report abuse’.

Changing Email Associations

If all else fails, you might consider creating a new Google account to reset your sharing preferences and start fresh. Make sure to communicate this new email address only to trusted contacts.


Question Answer
Can I block a specific person from sharing with me? No, Google Drive currently doesn’t allow you to block individuals from sharing files with you.
Does reporting abuse stop further sharing? Reporting abuse will alert Google to the potential issue, which may lead to action on the sender’s account, but it doesn’t automatically block new shares.
Will removing a shared file notify the sender? No, the sender won’t be notified if you remove a shared file from your Drive.

Google Drive is an effective tool for collaboration, but managing incoming shared files is crucial for maintaining your digital space. Follow these steps to control what you receive, and keep your Google Drive organized. While we may not have all the control we wish for regarding incoming shares, Google does provide us with options to manage and report unwanted files.

I hope this guide has helped you. As a tech expert, I understand the importance of digital organization, and keeping your Google Drive streamlined is an essential start. Remember, your workflow is your own, and you should have control over how it’s managed.