Google Drive Uploader – Building a Drag and Drop form for Google Drive

Google Drive makes it easy for you to upload files to your own cloud storage. However, if you want to allow other people to upload files to your Drive without signing in,  creating a Google account, and generally getting a bit frustrated, then you’ll need to look at other options.

As impressive as Google Drive can be, it doesn’t have a fully-featured uploader functionality. It’s primary a cloud storage solution rather than file request software. You can ‘share’ folders, but this limits your options, particularly for people without a Google account.

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Allow Anyone to Upload Files Directly to Your Google Drive

If your clients have a Google account you can invite them to contribute to a shared folder. However, Google Drive doesn’t have a file request feature, so allowing anyone to upload files is problematic.

Google Drive is also optimised for collaboration, so if you’re a business or non-profit where security and privacy are important then you may need to use file request software as well. 

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Allow other people to upload files to your OneDrive

The good news is that Microsoft rolled out a new ‘request file’ feature in December 2019. So although you still can’t request files from people outside your organisation using Microsoft Forms, you can using OneDrive.

In this article we’ll look at how you can get other people to upload files to your OneDrive account. We’ll also look at the limitations of this new feature, including security considerations, and alternatives.

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