Allow Anyone to Upload Files Directly to Your Google Drive

You work with others every day. Some of them are inhouse 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 a Gmail account?

One option is to use email and ask your clients to email you the files you need. If your job involves receiving big or confidential files, email is not an option. First, you cant receive files bigger than 10 Mb; 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, only people with a Google account would be able to upload files in a shared folder. Second, all collaborators can view and even remove files that have been uploaded in a shared folder on Google Drive.

The third option is to use a form upload page or file drop widget so your customers can easily drop you the files you need. 

Receive Files in Google Drive with Forms

By creating a file upload form in which your clients can drop files,  you get the best of both worlds and a seamless experience for your customers: no sign in and a simple interface. And 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;   upload the file in that 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 as long as you need to. To get started, users need to register and authorise File Request Pro to connect to your/their existing Google Drive account. Afterwards, you can access a File Request Pro admin area and configure your page. 

Once you create your page, you can invite someone to upload to your Google Drive by sharing your page URL. If you wish to, you can also embed your Google Drive upload form directly in 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 is sent to you as notification of the delivery. 

If you’re still wondering why anyone needs this app, then consider this. 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 the files to you without actually having access to your account. 

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