Allow Anyone to Upload Files Directly to Your Google Drive

You work with others every day. Some of them are in–house personnel while others are outside contractors, partner companies, or clients. You need to receive files from them, and you already use Google Drive. Would it not be great to allow anyone to upload to your Google Drive without singing in or registering with a Gmail account?

One option is to email your clients asking them to email you back the files you need. However, if your job involves receiving big or confidential files, email is not an option. First, you can’t receive files bigger than 10 Mb, and that’s a problem. Second, if files contain confidential information, email is not secure enough.

Another option is to have a shared folder inside Google Drive where others may upload files, but this approach also has limitations. One limitation is that only people with a Google account would be able to upload files in the shared folder. Another limitation is that all collaborators can view and even remove files that have been uploaded in the shared folder on Google Drive, and that might not be something you want every collaborator to have access and control over

The third option is to use a form upload page or drive uploader widget, so your customers can easily drop you the files you need. All you must do is share your Google Drive upload link with them.

Receive Large Files in Google Drive with File Upload Forms

By creating a file upload form in which your clients can drop files, you get the best of both worlds. You get access to the documents you need, and your customers receive a seamless experience. There are no required sign ins, and the interface is simple. Plus, you can still use Google Drive to manage your files. Before diving into the implementation, take a look at this sample form

 

When you submit the form, it will create a new folder corresponding to your name in “My Google Drive”; be sure to upload the file in this folder. This is a public form, and you don’t even need to have a Google account to upload files. The form also works on mobile devices.

Create an Upload Form with File Request Pro

Creating a new upload form with File Request Pro is a five-minute process; you do it once and receive files for as long as you need access to them. To get started, users must register and authorize File Request Pro to connect to their existing Google Drive account. Afterward, you can access the File Request Pro admin area and configure your page.

Once you create your page, you can invite someone to upload files to your Google Drive by sharing your page URL. If you wish to, you can also embed your Google Drive upload form directly into your website by copying and pasting three lines of code.

Upload form google drive embed website

When someone drops a file in your Google Drive account, an email will be sent to you as notification of the delivery.

If you’re still wondering why anyone needs this app, then consider the following. You already use Google Drive internally, but in order for others to share files directly with you, they need a different method.

By using File Request Pro, you can keep all your files in one place—Google Drive—by allowing others to upload files to your account without actually having access to your account.

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