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Privacy in OneDrive

Privacy in OneDrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) provides a way to save your photos, documents, and other files with 7 GB of free cloud storage. The ability to store your files online and access them from anywhere is very powerful, but at the same time, you may have a great deal of personal and private information in those files.

OneDrive prioritizes your privacy and we believe it’s important that you have control over who can and cannot access your personal data in the cloud.

The files you put on OneDrive are private to you by default, so OneDrive enables you to make any of those files available to select individuals (or everyone) only if you want to. Additionally, you can choose to let others modify these files.

Note: To learn more about how OneDrive protects your privacy, read the Windows Services Privacy Statement.

Manage who can view or edit your OneDrive files

By default, your OneDrive files are available to you, although you can choose to share photos, documents, and other files.

  1. Go to OneDrive and sign in to your account.

  2. Right-click the folder or files you want to share, and click Sharing.

    If you’re sharing a folder, OneDrive will ask for confirmation.

    Screen shot showing file sharing options

  3. Under Share, choose how you want to share the folders or files. You can select from three options:
    • Send email to email people directly.
    • Post to for sharing a link to the folder or file on a social network to which you have connected.
    • Get a link to create a unique link that you can then send or post anywhere you want.


    Screen shot showing send email options

  4. If you choose Get a link, you can share your OneDrive folders and files by sending a link to them, and you can specify the level of access permission the link provides.

    Screen shot showing Get a link options

    Caution: These links work just like an attachment, so anyone who has a link can forward it, so people you might not intend to see the file or folder could. Make sure you trust those to whom you’re sending the link to share it responsibly.

  5. Click Done when you are ready to return to your OneDrive files and folders.

Make a public document private

If you decide you want to change the sharing permissions for a file, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to OneDrive and sign in to your account.

  2. Right-click the folder or files you want to stop sharing, and click Sharing.

  3. Click Remove permissions, and then click Done.

    Screen shot showing Remove permissions options

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