Collaborate on a shared spreadsheet in Numbers on iPad
Whether you’re the owner of a shared spreadsheet or have been invited to collaborate, after you open the spreadsheet you can see the edits made by others in real time, hide or show editing activity, and more. The number of people editing or viewing the spreadsheet (not including you) appears on the Collaborate button in the toolbar, and their names appear in the participant list.
Accept an invitation to collaborate
When you receive a link to a shared spreadsheet, what happens when you tap the link depends on the access and permission set by the owner, the version of Numbers, iOS, or iPadOS installed on your device, and whether you’re using iCloud Drive.
Tap the link in the email, message, or post you received.
If asked, sign in with your Apple ID or follow any instructions that appear.
The spreadsheet opens based on the following:
On a Mac: The spreadsheet opens in Numbers for Mac or in Numbers for iCloud, depending on whether iCloud Drive is set up on your Mac and you’re signed in; where you clicked the link (for example, in Mail on your Mac or on a webpage); and whether you have macOS Mojave 10.14 or later and Numbers 10.0 or later on your computer.
On iCloud.com on a Mac or Windows computer: If you’re signed in to iCloud.com in a web browser, the spreadsheet opens in Numbers for iCloud, and it’s added to your spreadsheet manager and to iCloud Drive.
On an iPhone with iOS 12 or later and Numbers 10.0 or later: The spreadsheet opens in Numbers on your iPhone and is added to your spreadsheet manager.
On an iPad with iOS 12, iPadOS 13, or later and Numbers 10.0 or later: The spreadsheet opens in Numbers on your iPad and is added to your spreadsheet manager. If you don’t have Numbers installed on your iPad, the spreadsheet opens in Numbers for iCloud.
On an Android device, or a device without iOS 12, iPadOS 13, or later and Numbers 10.0 or later: The spreadsheet opens in a browser where you can view but not edit it.
If you’re having trouble accepting an invitation, make sure you meet the iCloud and system requirements.
Collaborate on a shared spreadsheet
Open the shared spreadsheet.
Tap Recents at the bottom of the spreadsheet manager to see all shared spreadsheets and more easily find the one you want. If you can’t find the shared spreadsheet, tap the link in the email, message, or post you received, and if asked, sign in.
If you can’t open the spreadsheet, see “Accept an invitation to collaborate,” above.
Edit the spreadsheet.
Edits you and others make to the spreadsheet appear in real time. Colored cursors and colored selections of text and objects indicate where others are currently editing.
Do any of the following:
See who’s working in the spreadsheet: Tap to open the participant list, which shows who has joined the spreadsheet and who is currently editing or viewing it. The number of people editing or viewing the spreadsheet (not including you) also appears as a badge on the button.
The number of people editing or viewing the spreadsheet (not including you) appears on the button.
Follow someone’s edits: Tap the colored dot next to the person’s name. If you don’t see a colored dot, the person has the spreadsheet open but isn’t actively participating.
Hide or show activity (colored cursors or selections): Tap , tap Settings, then turn Collaboration Activity off or on.
Resolve conflicts: If there are conflicts, you see a dialog. Choose the version you want to keep; if you keep more than one, the most recent remains the shared version.
If the Collaborate button changes to a cloud with a diagonal line through it, your device is offline. Any edits you make are uploaded to iCloud automatically the next time your device is connected. For more information, see Edit while offline.
Edit while offline
When you’re not connected to the internet, the Collaborate button changes to a cloud with a diagonal line through it. You can continue to work on the spreadsheet and the next time you’re online, changes are uploaded to iCloud automatically.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when editing a shared spreadsheet while offline:
To send a copy of the spreadsheet with your changes to someone else before your changes are uploaded, tap , then tap Share or Export to send a copy. This method ensures that your changes are included. By contrast, if you use the Files app to attach the spreadsheet to an email message, for example, the edits you made while offline are not included.
If you’re not sure whether your changes have synced, you can check their status. In the spreadsheet manager, tap the Sync Status button in the top-right corner of the screen (it looks like an up arrow).
If other participants who are online delete objects or sheets that you’re editing, the edits you made to those objects will no longer be in the spreadsheet when you go back online.
For more information about offline editing, see this Apple Support article.
Opt out of a shared spreadsheet
If you no longer want to have access to a spreadsheet that was shared with you, you can remove yourself from the participant list.
Do one of the following:
If the spreadsheet is open: Tap .
If the spreadsheet is closed: In the spreadsheet manager or Files app, open the Numbers folder in iCloud Drive, tap Select in the top-right corner, tap the spreadsheet (a checkmark appears), tap Share at the bottom of the screen, then tap Show People.
Tap your name, then tap Remove Me.
Removing your name from the participant list removes the spreadsheet from your iCloud Drive. If you later want to access the spreadsheet again, you can use the original link to open it.
Note: Not all Numbers features are available for a spreadsheet that’s shared with others. See this Apple Support article for information.