Google Drive is a powerful and easy to use cloud storage option from Google. It’s a cost effective and secure way to store your documents in the cloud. It’s easy to upload files to your own Google Drive, but have you ever asked the question, “how can anyone upload files to my Google Drive?” This is the exact question we asked when we decided to create EZ File Drop.
The base functionality of EZ File Drop is to allow anyone to upload to your Google Drive without singing in or registering a Gmail account.
Some people ask if Google Forms is a way to accomplish this and ask the question: Can you create a Google form that allows people to upload files?
The answer is yes, but with some important limitations to know about. Most importantly, when you create a Google Form, it tells you “Respondents will be required to sign in to Google when file upload questions are added to a form.” This means that people submitting your form will have to have or register a Google account. If you want people to upload files to your Google Drive without having an account, Google Forms is not the right solution for you.
EZ File Drop does not have this limitation. With EZ File Drop, anyone can upload files to your Google Drive.
Can you have a Google form that allows users to upload files but does not require a Google account?
This is the greatest limitation of Google Forms. All uploaders must be logged in with a Google account, meaning that non-Google users cannot upload files to your Google Drive.
EZ File Drop does not have this limitation. Even if they do not have a Google account, anyone can upload files to your google drive, thanks to EZ File Drop.
As shocking as it may seem, if you have a file upload question in your Google Form, you get the error message “This form cannot be embedded because it makes use of File Upload questions.”
Unfortunately, Google Forms with file upload fields cannot be embedded on external websites.
This is another difference between Google Forms and EZ File Drop. Forms created with EZ File Drop can be embedded on an external website, and you can even customize the form logo, style, and colors to match the look and feel of your website.
To receive files from anyone, or create a form that allows users to upload files without sign in, the easiest and most powerful option is to use EZ File Drop.
By creating a file upload form with EZ File Drop, you get a seamless experience for your users:
And most importantly, files are uploaded to your Google Drive, so you can take advantage of all of the storage space and management built into Google Drive, without the hassle of other people having to share or upload files directly to your Google Drive.
Do you want to create a file upload form for Google Drive that doesn’t require signing in or having an account? Read this detailed article in our EZ File Drop Knowledge Base to learn How to Create Your First Upload Form in EZ File Drop.
Written by Matt Townley