Sharing Drive files with non-Google accounts

October 8, 2020

Sharing Drive files with non-Google accounts

With visitor sharing, you can invite non-Google users to collaborate on files as visitors, using PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) to verify their identity.

People with non-Google accounts will receive an email invitation to collaborate on the shared file or folder. The user has 7 days to verify their identity with a PIN to collaborate on the shared file or folder. If the user needs to collaborate longer than 7 days, they can use the original link from their email to verify their identity again.

Google visitor sharing pin access

  • Once authenticated, visitors can view, comment on, suggest edits to, and directly edit files and folders. If a visitor has edit access, they can re-share the file with another Google user.
  • Visitors cannot create or own files and folders.
  • Visitors can delete their visitor sessions.

Visitor accounts can be seen in the sharing dialog, where you can change or revoke their access just like any other collaborators.

Supported file types

Your users can share the following types of files in My Drive and shared drives with non-Google users:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites
  • Images such as JPEGs
  • PDFs
  • Office files
  • Video
  • Folders

Visitors cannot do the following:

  • Upload or create content.
  • Access the root folder of a shared drive.
  • Be added to Google Groups.


Google Help: Share documents with visitor sharing

Google Help: Delete your visitor session