How to upload a file on Google Forms or let respondents upload their own files

People use Google Forms for everything from research surveys to academic quizzes. It’s especially helpful because of how customizable the questions are.

One of these customization options is the ability to upload files, as well as letting people taking your quiz or survey upload files themselves. If you want to provide a visual aid, or want respondents to hand in an assignment, Google Forms is built for you.

Here’s how to upload a file on Google Forms, in both ways.

How to upload a file on Google Forms when making questions

When you’re creating a Google Form, you may want to upload a file into one of the question fields, like an image or video. This is great for adding visual aids and reference materials.

1. In your Google Form, select the panel that includes the question you want to add a file to.

2. To the left of the drop-down menu that designates the type of question, you’ll see a small square icon. Click on this icon to add an image to the question.

You can also click the image or video icons in the bar on the right to add the file as its own section, with no question attached. This is the only way to add videos.

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There are two ways to add files.
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3. If the image you want to upload is already saved to your computer, click “Browse” and select the file. If you want to add a file that isn’t already on your computer, click on the corresponding tab and select an image or video from the results. You can add an image from your Google Drive, by pasting a URL, by searching for it, and more.

If you want to add a video, you’ll have to upload it to YouTube first and then paste in the YouTube link.

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You can upload a file from your computer, your mobile device, or from the internet.
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4. Once your image or video has been uploaded, you can edit a few settings by clicking the icon with three vertical dots. This will open a sub-menu that allows you to choose the file’s alignment, add a caption for screen readers, swap it out for a different file, or delete it.

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Once uploaded, you can change the picture’s placement and more.
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How to ask respondents to upload a file to your Google Form

In your Google Form, you may want to include a question that requires the respondent to upload a file of their own.

1. Select the panel that includes the question that you want respondents to upload files for.

2. Click on the drop-down menu on the right side of the panel.

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The type of question is listed in the drop-down menu.
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3. In the drop-down menu, click “File upload.”

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The “File upload” option will allow respondents to answer the question by uploading a file.
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4. In the message that appears, click “Continue.”

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When asked for permission, click “Continue” to proceed.
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5. Select the settings that best represent the file type(s) you want respondents to upload. You can also choose a limit for the number of files uploaded and the allowable file size.

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You can limit the types of files respondents can upload.
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When respondents reach this question, they’ll be prompted to upload a file before proceeding. If the file they upload doesn’t match what you asked for, it won’t be accepted.

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