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Google Drive is an online sync and storage service owned by Google Inc. You can store your documents, music, videos, etc. in it to prevent them from being lost. Google Drive has many features, such as syncing files, sharing files, supporting the upload and download of various types of files (MP3, PDF, video, etc.), and some powerful search functions. 

Among these functions, sharing is an important function for collaboration. Users in different regions can access files by the links of files sent as email attachments, or users can access the files by visiting the shared links provided by Google Drive. And the users who are shared can edit the files as a way to improve team efficiency.

How to Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Gmail Users

Users of Google can easily share files with users who also have Google Accounts. But can you share Google Drive folder with non-Google users or non-Gmail users? The answer is yes. Google users are able to share files with non-Gmail accounts. Please continue to read the article below to learn more about the 4 great ways to use Google Drive share with non-Google users.

Google Drive Share with Non-Gmail Users
Google Drive Share with Non-Gmail Users

To share Google Drive with non-Gmail users, you can either share with email attachment, or by creating a link of shared folder, or by asking non-Google users to create a Google account to receive your shared folder. Or, you can use another simpler way to share files with non-Gmail users in a third-party platform. Now we will explain these 4 different methods in detail below.

Method 1: Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Google Users by Email Attachments

Step 1. Log in Google Drive website with your Google Account.
Step 2. Select the folder you want to share and right-click the folder. Then choose “Share” in the dropdown menu.

Sharing Function in Google Drive Website
Sharing Function in Google Drive Website

Step 3. Enter the email address of non-Google users which you want to share folder to in the pop-up window. After that, set your recipient as a viewer, commenter or editor.

Share Folder with Non-Gmail Users in Google Drive Website
Share Folder with Non-Gmail Users in Google Drive Website

Step 4. Click “Send”. Then click “Share anyway”.

Share to Non-Google Account from Google Drive Website
Share to Non-Google Account from Google Drive Website

After finishing the above operations, non-Google users will receive an email as shown below. This email grants you access permission to attachments without login. That is to say, non-Google users can just click the sharing link to view files in the shared folder without logging in with Google Account.

Receive Email from Google Drive
Receive Email from Google Drive

Method 2: Share Link of Folder to Non-Gmail Users

Step 1. Log in Google Drive website with your Google Account. Right-click the folder you want to share and choose “Share” in the dropdown menu.
Step 2. Click “Get link” in the pop-up window. Then you will get a sharing link, set the link as “Anyone with the link”.

Get Sharing Link in Google Drive Website
Get Sharing Link in Google Drive Website

Step 3. Click “Copy link” and then click “Done”.
Step 4. Edit your email and enter the email address of the non-Google user in the recipient box.
Step 5. Enter the title of email in the theme box and paste the link of shared folder in the email.

Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Google Users by Link
Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Google Users by Link

Method 3: Create a Google Account by Non-Google Users

If you want to share Google Drive with non-Gmail users, you can let them create a Google Account first. Users with a Google Account can access the entire library of Google products, such as the Google Site, YouTube video upload, and Google Calendar. More importantly, they can access the folders you share at any time without asking you to send the link again.

Create Google Account
Create Google Account

Method 4: Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Gmail Users in An Easiest Way

We have provided 3 ways about how to share Google Drive folder with non-Google users based on Google Drive website in the above. However, here we have another easy way to help you share Google Drive with non-Gmail users, which is to a professional web-based multiple cloud storage manager - MultCloud.

MultCloud allows you to share files and folders in cloud drives and it supports more than 30 major cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. Moreover, MultCloud provides multiple sharing options: Public Share, Private Share, Source Share, and Sub-account Share. You can also share folders in a variety of ways such as email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. with security in mind.

So how to share Google Drive folder with non-Gmail users in MultCloud? Please read the following instruction to do so.

Share Google Drive with Non-Gmail Users in MultCloud

Step 1. Sign up and log in MultCloud for free. 
Step 2. Click “Add Cloud” and choose Google Drive. The first time you add a Google Drive to MultCloud, MultCloud will prompt whether to license the Google Drive to MultCloud. You just need to select “Yes”.

Add Google Drive to MultCloud
Add Google Drive to MultCloud

Step 3. Enter Google Drive page of MultCloud and select the folder which you want to share to non-Google accounts. Right-click the folder and choose “Share” in the dropdown menu.

Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Gmail Users in MultCloud
Share Google Drive Folder with Non-Gmail Users in MultCloud

Step 4. Choose one of the three different sharing options.

MultCloud supports 3 types of sharing modes:

Public Share: Anyone who gets the link can view the file. It is a public sharing link provided by MultCloud.
Private Share: A password generated by MultCloud or yourself is required to view the files from sharing link.
Source Share: Create a sharing link from the source cloud drive. This mode will use the sharing method of the source cloud to create the sharing link. This kind of link created by the cloud drive is supported by few cloud storage services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, etc.

Sharing Options in MultCloud
Sharing Options in MultCloud

Step 5. After selecting the sharing mode, click “Create Share”. MultCloud will automatically generate a sharing link to you. 
Step 6. Copy the link and select a way to send the link. You can choose the way according to your demands.
Step 7. Enter the email address of non-Google user and paste the sharing link.

Send Link via Email in MultCloud
Send Link via Email in MultCloud

MultCloud not only has three regular file sharing methods, but also provides a sub-account function for team users. This feature not only makes it easier to share files to non-google account users, but also helps you and your team to share files and collaborate more efficiently. 

Regardless of whether your team uses the same brand of cloud drive or not, you just need to create sub-accounts in MultCloud, send the sub-accounts to the people you want to share files and collaborate with, and set the appropriate permissions for the files you need to share. One thing you may need to know is that this feature is available only after you subscribe to MultCloud.

Besides, MultCloud can share files and folders from cloud drives as well as transfer files between cloud drives. If you have multiple cloud drives, then you can use MultCloud to manage them all at the same time in a single interface and be able to transfer, sync, or backup files between them on a scheduled plan.

Conclusion

This article provides you with 3 ways to share Google Drive folder with non-Gmail users which are simple and effective. It also mentions another simple way to share files with non-Google accounts: use MultCloud to share the link of folder. MultCloud supports Public Share, Private Share and Source Share. If you choose Private Share, your files are surely safe during the sharing process.

If you have more than one cloud drive, you can use MultCloud to sync or transfer files between cloud storages so as to save you a lot of time and avoid downloading files from one cloud drive and uploading them manually to another.

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