Upload files to Google Drive

Users can upload any type of file to Google Drive and convert certain types of files to web-based Google document formats such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. See Manual upload settings to learn more.

Storage and limits

Drive storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. The amount of free storage for each user depends on the type of your account:

Google Apps for Work 30 GB
Google Apps Unlimited
Google Apps for Education
Unlimited storage
(1 TB if 4 or fewer users)
Google Apps Free edition (legacy)
Individual consumer accounts
15 GB

The maximum individual file size that you can upload or sync in Google Drive is 5 TB. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have different size limits.

Administrator controls

  • Google Drive: When you enable the Drive service in the Admin console, your users can upload and sync any file to their accounts (you can't disable the upload and sync features separately).

  • APIs: Google Apps for Work customers can use an API to add, edit, and remove files in batch, as well as to manage and generate information about their users' documents (however, it doesn't generate quota usage information at this time). For example, administrators can use the API to upload a large number of files and share these files with all users in their domain. Learn more about the API upload feature.


If you share an uploaded file that hasn't been converted to a web-based Google document, (such as a Doc, Sheet, or Slide), both the "view" and "edit" permissions allow users to only download the file. Users can collaborate only on web-based Google documents.


  • File types: Users can upload any type of file, including executables (for example, .exe or .vbs) and compressed files.

  • Virus scanning: Google Drive scans a file for viruses before the file is downloaded or shared. If a virus is detected, users can't share the file with others, send the infected file via email, or convert it to a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide, and they'll receive a warning if they attempt these operations. The owner can download the virus-infected file, but only after acknowledging the risk of doing so.

    Only files smaller than 25 MB can be scanned for viruses. For larger files, a warning is displayed saying that the file can't be scanned.

  • Content policy: All Google Drive files, including uploaded or converted files, follow the same program policy. Learn more.

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