Allow everyone to upload in a shared folder in Google Drive

The Dilemma

Lately, I have been looking for ways to collaborate on the cloud without requiring everyone in my team to register to a service because: a) it’s time-consuming to register and explain how to use a system not everyone is familiar to, b) members might change in the future. We figured out Google Drive is the way to go but it has one problem. Google Drive does not allow members of a shared folder to upload files directly. So this article is sort of a personal reminder of how I was able to allow my team members to upload files to my shared Google Drive folder.


The Tool

The Work Collector of Michael Price, adapting the script from Amit Agarwal allows everyone with internet access, even without a Google account to upload files to a shared Google Drive folder.

Here are the limits to this:

  1. You must keep the upload link (the one produced by The Work Collector) at all times in a shared message service. My group uses Line which helps keep track of important points in the message thread through the group Notes so it doesn’t get lost in the conversation.
  2. You can only upload a single file every time.
  3. After uploading, you have to use the original Google Drive share link to view the files.
  4. Someone must act as the caretaker (owner of the Google Drive shared folder) to sort the files out if there are several kinds.


Creating Your Own Google Drive Dropbox

Here’s the video to start your own!



Did our article help you out? What were your challenges? Do you know how to upload to a subfolder in Google Drive? If so, comment below! We are Facebook ready. <3

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