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Fix: Google Docs can’t be shared with me

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Google Drive is a free cloud storage service that allows users to store and share files online. It is one of the most used cloud-sharing and storage services because of its excellent features. It allows its users to invite others to view and edit the files and folders chosen by the creator.

Some users faced a ‘file can’t be shared’ error while sharing Google Docs files and folders; this is a common error which might have occurred due to some technical issue in the browser.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the ‘file can’t be shared’ error and seven fixes to resolve the issue.

Why can’t the Google Docs file be shared with you?

Here are five possible causes that might be causing the ‘file can’t be shared ‘ error on Google Docs:

  • Using an Outdated version of the browser.
  • Poor internet connection.
  • Windows Firewall might be affecting the connection.
  • Corrupted cache and cookies.
  • Technical problem with Google Drive.

Also read: How to upload a video to Google Drive?

How to fix the ‘file can’t be shared’ error?

Here are seven fixes to resolve the ‘file can’t be shared’ error on Google Docs:

Update your browser

You might be using an outdated version of the browser and which might be causing problems in the proper functioning of the sites and other features. So check for the update of the browser.

Click here to learn how to update Chrome browser

Check your internet connection

A poor Internet connection can cause a lot of problems, whether it is the proper display of webpages or Google Drive features. So the Internet connection and try restarting the connection.

Disable Windows firewall

If you are using Google Docs, then it might be possible that the Windows firewalls are interfering with the connection of the Google Drive app, So try disabling and then sharing the file.

Click here to know how to disable the firewall on Windows

Also read: What do the icons on Tinder mean?

Clear Cache memory and cookies of the browser

Sometimes the corrupted cookies or cache memory affects the web pages, so clearing cookies and cache memory might resolve this error for you.

Click here to know how to clear cookies 
Click here to know how to clear cache memory

Use Incognito mode

Incognito mode does not save your activity on your device and your Google account, so you can try using incognito as it has helped some users solve this error.

Also read: How to fix error 400 on YouTube?

Restart Google Drive

The Google Drive app on your PC might be facing some technical issues; you can restart the app and try to share the file again.

Reinstall Google Drive

If you are using Google Docs then it might be possible that there are some issues in the app or some files have been corrupted. You can try reinstalling the app or using the browser to open your Google Drive.

Contact Support

You can contact support if none of the above methods works for you.

Also read: Why is Google Drive video still processing? 5 Fixes

Akash Singh

Akash Singh

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