How to share a file publicly from Google Drive?

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People who aren't signed in to a Google Account show up as anonymous animals in your file. Learn more about anonymous animals.

If you use a Google Account through work or school, you may not be able to share publicly.
  1. Open the home screen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click Share or Share Add people.
  3. Click Get shareable link.
  4. Next to "Anyone with the link," click the Down Arrow.
  5. Click More.
  6. Click On - Public on the web. Anyone on the Internet can open the file by searching for it or if they have the link.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Choose the level of access you want people to have.
  9. Click Done.
Sharing limits
  1. No more 50 people can edit and comment at the same time.
  2. More than 50 people can view a file, but they won’t be visible. If 50 or more people need to view a file, publish the file to create a new link. Learn how to publish a file.
  3. You can only share a file with up to 200 people or groups. If you need to share a file with more than 200 people, you can add them to a Google Group, then share the file with the group.
  4. If you share a folder with a lot of people, it may take some time before everyone can see it.
  5. If you want to use a spreadsheet to collect information, learn how to create a Google Form. Read more about how data is collected.

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!