How to be Anonymous on Google Docs

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This Itechguide teaches you how to be anonymous on Google Docs. The guide covers steps to be anonymous on Google Docs from a PC and from the Google Docs App.

Google Docs does not have an inbuilt tool that will make you anonymous while viewing or editing a document. This guide offers a way around this limitation.

To be able to view or edit a Google Docs file anonymously, you have to be able to modify the file share permissions and get the sharable link. If you do not have permission to modify the file permission you may be able to view anonymously if the owner configured the file to be viewed publicly.

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How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from a PC

How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from a PC
  • Open Docs.Google.com and login with your Google account with permission to edit the file.
  • Then open the Google Docs file. On the top right of the document click Share.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs
  • On the Share with others pop up window, click Advanced.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs
  • Then, on the Sharing settings pop up, beneath Who has access, click Change.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs
  • Finally, on the Link Sharing pop up window, select OnAnyone with the link. Then beside Access: Anyone (no sign-in required), click the drop-down and select a permission. When you finish click Save.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs
  • Back in Sharing settings, copy the link beneath Link to share. Then scroll down and click Done.
  • To view or edit the Google Docs document anonymously, log out of your Google Account. Then paste the link you copied into the browser and open it.
  • Since you are not signed in, you will be anonymous on Google Docs! You can view or edit the document (depending on the share permission) anonymously.

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How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from the App

How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from the App
  • Open Google Docs App from your phone.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from the App
  • Then open the document you want to open Anonymously.
  • On the bottom right of the document tap the edit button (looks like a pencil).
If you are using the Google Docs App for iPhone, this step is NOT required.
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  • Then, on the top right of the document, tap the 3 dots. From the displayed options, scroll down and select Share & export.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from the App
  • When Share & export opens, ensure that Link Sharing is on (button should be blue and switched to the right as shown below), then tap Share.
How to be Anonymous on Google Docs from the App
  • At the bottom of the Share screen, beneath Who has access, tap any of the icons.
  • Then, on the Who has access screen, if Link sharing is off, tap on it to turn it on.
  • Then tap it again to open the share options. Finally, select your link sharing option and tap OK.
  • When you return to the Who has access screen, tap on the arrow beside Who has access. Then close the Share screen.
  • Finally, to copy the Sharable link, tap the 3 dots on the top right of the document. Then select Share & export and tap Copy link.
  • Once you have the link, close the App and open a browser on your phone.
  • Ensure that you are not logged into your Google Account on the browser. Then, to be anonymous on Google Docs, paste the link on the browser address bar – tap and hold, then tap Paste. To load the link, tap Go on your keyboard.
  • You can now view or edit the document anonymously since you are not logged in to Google Docs.

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