One of the best services Google offers to us is the free file sharing application in the Gmail account called Google Drive. While people in household use the unpaid version, professionals use the paid version. The option of setting an expiration date is only available to the users who have paid for the G Suite version of Google Docs.

Sometimes it so happens that we want to share a particular file with someone for a limited period of time. Google gives us the ability to control the use of a shared file by us with someone else for a specified and strict time limit.

You can do this by following the below-mentioned methods:

  1. Go to your Google Drive and select the file/folder you want to share with someone.
  2. After you are done adding recipients to the file/ folder you want to share and click on Ok. This will notify all the people that you have sent the folder for sharing too.
  3. Open this folder again and click on the Share button again, however now you have to click on the little faded “Advanced” written on the bottom.
  4. When you click on this, you will find a clock like an icon next to the editing icon in front of the recipient’s name. Select that and select an expiration date for your file.

Set An Expiration Date For Files Shared on Google Drive

These were the steps to set in an expiration date/time for any sensitive or non-sensitive documents that you want to share with people. Remember only people with the paid version of Drive i.e. G Suite has access to this feature!