Whether it’s a small survey or a school assignment, is you are a Google user, then Google Forms is a good alternative when you have to collect information from multiple people.
With Google Forms you can easily build a form that will store the entries in a google sheet but it’s has some limitations.
Another alternative, is using a solution like File Request Pro to create a form connected to Google Drive.
Let dive into some differences between Google Forms and File Request Pro.
Can you create a Google form that allows visitors to upload files?
Google Forms do allow file uploads, it’s not without its share of limitations. For one, you can’t upload a folder. You’d have to upload the files one-by-one. And of course, the names of the files have to be different from one another.
Also, there is no possibility of uploading into a shared drive or team drive. If you try to create a google form located on a shared drive, you will notice that file upload field greyed out.
Can you have a Google form that allows users to upload files but does not require a Google account?
The greatest caveat of Google Forms is that it does not allow anonymous uploads. All uploaders need to be logged in with Google accounts meaning that non-Google user won’t be able to respond.
File Request Pro impose no such limitations – anyone can upload files to your Google Drive. They may not have a Google account and they’ll still be able to use your Drive uploader form.
Can you embed a google form into your website?
When trying to get the embed link for a Google form that has a file upload field in it, you will get the following error: This form cannot be embedded because it makes use of File Upload questions.
Unfortunately, this is an intended behavior of Google Forms where you cannot embed the form if you’ve selected the File Upload option.
Forms created with File Request Pro do not include this limitation, you can embed the form in your website. You can customize the form colors and style to match your site theme too.
Building a file upload form for Google Drive that doesn’t require sign in
To receive files from anonymous users, or create a form that allows your users to upload files without sign in. Google Forms require you to find complicated workarounds like using Google Apps Script or complex code.
By creating a file upload form with File Request Pro you get the best of both worlds, seamless experience for your customers: No sign in required, simple interface, your brand and color theme. And you can still use Google Drive to manage your files.
Before diving into the implementation, take a look at this sample form.
As you can see this form can be embedded on any webpage. Regardless of being a drive uploader.
Create an upload form with File Request Pro
Creating a new upload form with File Request Pro is a 5 min process, you do it once and receive files as long as you need to.
After registering and connecting to your existing Google Drive account you will gain access to the File Request Pro admin area to build your google form with file upload.
Add as many form fields as your like with a simple to use form builder
Customize your page and form to match your brand and website colors
Once you create a page, you can invite people to upload files by sharing your page URL or embed your form directly in your website. This is done by copying and pasting 3 lines of code
By using File Request Pro, you can easily create a file upload form for Google Drive without requiring your user to login or have a Google account. Get the best of both worlds, a simple form builder that is connected to your Google Drive
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