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Send & share files in Google Chat messages

You can attach files up to 200 MB from your computer, mobile device, or Google Drive directly to Google Chat messages.

In spaces, you can view a list of files shared with the space, open files, and add them to Drive.

Supported image files:

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • WBMP
  • HEIC

You can’t send certain files. Read File types blocked in Chat below. 

Send files in a chat message

  1. Go to Chat "" or Gmail .
    • Optional: Enter a message.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To add an emoji, click Emoji "".
    • To attach a file from your computer, click Upload file "".
      • The file is not added to Drive. Other users get the file directly in the message.
    • To attach a Drive file, click Add Google Drive file "".
      • When you send the file, you’re notified if someone needs access.
      • With Edit access, you have an option to grant access.
      • If you grant access to a space, people who join the space later also have access.
      • If people leave the space, they lose access to the file unless they’re given access individually or through a group.
    • To add a link to a video meeting, click Add video meeting "".
    • To create a Google Calendar invite, click Schedule calendar event event.
    • To send a GIF, click GIF .
  3. Optional: If you attach a file, select the file you want to send.
  4. Click Send "".
Tip: If you use Google Chat on a work or school account, you may not have the option to send a GIF.

View & manage files in a space

You can view a list of files shared in a space, open a file, and add a file to Drive. Image files aren't listed in spaces. If you delete a chat message with a shared file, it's also deleted from the space.

If you delete a file in Drive, the file link remains in the space until you delete it from the chat message where it was shared. When you delete the file from the chat message, the file link is removed from the chat and the Files tab of the space.

  1. Open Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Select the space.
  3. At the top, click the Files tab.
    • Tip: In Gmail, you might have to expand the space to view the Files tab.
  4. To open the file, click the name of the file.
    • Google files: File opens in the chat window, next to the conversation, or opens in a new browser tab.
    • Other types of files: File opens as a preview in full screen. Files not in Drive will download, except PDF and video files, which open in a new browser tab.

Optional: To view or save a file, next to the file, click:

  • "": Adds a shortcut to Drive
  • : Opens the chat message that shared the file

Tip: If you can’t add files to Drive and you use a Google Workspace account, contact your administrator.

Remove a file from a space

Send files in a chat message

Important: When you share files in Google Chat, they may shrink. Smaller files upload faster, but may have a lower resolution.

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. Enter your message and choose an option:
    • To attach an image, tap Insert image "".
    • To take and send a photo, tap Take photo ""and then take a photo.
    • To attach a Drive file, tap Add Google Drive file "".
      • When you send the file, you get a message if the space or a person doesn't have access. If you have Edit access to the file, you get an option to grant access. If you grant access to a space, it also applies to people who join the space later.
    • To send a link to a video meeting, tap Add a video meeting "".
    • To create a Google Calendar invite, select Schedule calendar event event.
  3. Optional: If you attach a file, select the file you want to send.
  4. Tap Send "".

View & manage files in a space

You can view a list of files shared in a space, open a file, and add a file to Drive. Image files aren't listed.

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Spaces Rooms and then select the space.
  3. At the top, tap the Files tab.
  4. To open the file, tap the name of the file.
  • If installed, Drive files open in the Drive app "".

Optional: To view or save a file, next to the file, tap More options "" and then:

  • View in chat: Opens the chat message where the file was shared.
  • Add shortcut to Drive: Saves a shortcut to Drive.

Tips:

  • Image files aren't listed in the Files tab in spaces.
  • If you aren’t able to add files to Drive and you use a Google Workspace account, contact your administrator.

Remove a file

Important: You must use a Google Workspace account to remove a file from a space.

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Spaces Roomsand then select the space.
  3. At the top, tap the Files tab. Next to the file, tap More options Moreand then View in chat .
  4. Touch and hold the message with the file.
  5. Tap Delete Deleteand then Delete.

Tips:

  • If you delete a file in Drive, the file link remains in the space until you delete it from the chat message where it was shared.
    • If you don't delete it from the chat, the file link will show a "File in Trash" message when you select it.
    • If you don't delete it from the chat and Drive trash is emptied, you won't be able to open the file from the file link.
  • When you delete the file from the chat message, the file link is removed from chat and the Files tab of the space.

Collaborate on Google Docs & Sheets in a space

You can collaborate on shared Google Docs and Sheets with people directly in a space. The document or spreadsheet opens in the chat window, next to the conversation, where you can chat while you collaborate on the file together.

When you collaborate on a file with people in a space, you can edit, format, share, and rename it without leaving Gmail or Google Chat. To work with comments or use other features from Docs or Sheets, open the file in a new tab.

Tip: You can also collaborate on existing Google Docs and Sheets in 1:1 messages.

  1. Open Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Select a space. Expand the space to full screen.
    • To open an already shared document, point to it in the chat then click Open in chat "". The document opens to the right where you can make edits directly without changing tabs.
    • To create a shared document within a space, in the reply area of the conversation tab, click Create new document "".
  3. At the top right, click Close "".
  4. Optional: To open the document in a new browser tab, at the top right of the conversation preview, click Open in a new tab "".

Tip: If you aren’t able to add documents and you use a Google Workspace account, contact your administrator.

File types blocked in Google Chat

There are several reasons why you might get an upload error in Google Chat. Chat blocks files or links that might spread viruses, such as executable files. To keep up with harmful software, Chat regularly updates the file types that aren’t allowed.

You can’t attach certain types of files. These include:

  • ADE, ADP, APK, BAT, CAB, CHM, CMD, COM, CPL, DLL, DMG, EXE, HTA, INS, ISP, JAR, JS, JSE, LIB, LNK, MDE, MSC, MSI, MSP, MST, NSH, PIF, SCR, SCT, SHB, SYS, VB, VBE, VBS, VXD, WSC, WSF, and WSH.
    This list includes any compressed form, such as GZ or BZ2 files, or files found in archives, such as ZIP or TGZ files.
  • Documents with malicious macros.
  • Password-protected archives whose content is an archive.

If a blocked file isn't listed above and you're sure the blocked file is safe, upload the file to Drive and then send the file as a Drive attachment.

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