Google Drive Will Let You Block Other Users Soon

Blocked users won't be able to view your shared docs or share docs with you

Google is rolling out the option to block other users on Google Drive, preventing them from accessing your documents and sharing their own with you.

With Google Drive's new block feature, Google is hoping to give users the ability to deal with or cut off potential harassment before it gets to be too bad. Once blocked, a user won't be able to share any of their Drive items with you, and nobody else will be able to share that user's items with you either. Blocked users also will lose access to all of your Drive items, even if they previously had access.

Google Drive block user pop-up


"Drive’s sharing capabilities fuel productivity and collaboration, but bad actors can abuse tools that are meant to facilitate helpful sharing," Google said in a Workspace Update post, "That's why we are creating a way to block other users. This can be a useful control if, for example, another user has a history of sending spam or abusive content."

Google Drive block user menu


Administrators won't have control over the blocking feature, so users will need to block others on an individual case-by-case basis. If you need to block or unblock someone, directions are available on Google's Drive Help page and cover how to use the feature on computer, Android, and iOS devices. It's also important to note that if a user is blocked on Google Drive, they also will be blocked on other services like Google Chat and Hangouts.

Google Drive's new block feature already has begun rolling out, and should be available for all users within the next two weeks.

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