Send and share files in chat messages

You can add files from your computer, mobile device, or Google Drive directly to Google Chat messages. You can send files up to 200 MB. Image files can be in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, or HEIC format. You can’t send certain files (details below). In rooms, you can view a list of files shared with the room, open the files, and add them to Drive.

Send files in a chat message

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Enter your message and choose an option:
    • To attach a file from your computer, click Upload "".
      The file is not added to Drive. Other users get the file directly in the message.
    • To attach a Drive file, click Google Drive "".
      When you send the file, you'll be warned if the room or someone in a direct message doesn't have access. If you have Edit access to the file, you'll see an option to grant access. If you grant access to a room, it also applies to people who join the room later. If people leave the room, they lose access to the file unless they’re given access individually or through another group.
  3. Select the file that you want to send.
  4. Click Send "".

View and manage files in a room

Currently, you can't view and manage files in a room at chat.google.com.

You can view a list of files shared in a room, open a file, and add a file to Drive. Image files aren't listed. Deleting the chat message where the file was shared removes the file from the room but not from Drive.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Select the room.
  3. At the top, click the Files tab.
    You might have to expand the room to see the Files tab.
  4. Click the name of the file to open it.
    • Google Docs—File opens in the chat window, next to the conversation.
    • Other Google files—File 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.
  5. (Optional) To view or save a file, next to the file, click:
    • ""—Opens the file in Drive.
    • ""—Saves the file to Drive.
    • ""—Opens the chat message where the file was shared.

If you can't add files to Drive, contact your Google Workspace administrator. Your organization needs to turn on the Drive and Docs service to use this feature.

Remove a file from a room

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Select the room.
  3. At the top, click the Files tab.
    You might have to expand the room to see the Files tab.
  4. Next to the file, click View in chat ""and thenscroll to the chat message where the file was shared.
  5. Click Delete ""and thenDelete.

Deleting the file removes it from the Files tab in the room but does not remove the file from Google Drive.

Collaborate on documents in a room

You can collaborate on a shared file in Google Docs with team members directly in a room. Open the document in the chat window, next to the conversation, so you can chat while editing.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Select the room and expand it to full screen if it's not already.
  3. From the conversation, choose an option:
    • To create a shared document in a room, in the reply area, click Create document "".
    • To open an already shared document, point to it and, in the bottom right of the doc thumbnail, click Open in chat "".
      The document opens to the right. You can make edits directly without changing tabs.
  4. Afterward, at the top right, click Close "".
  5. (Optional) To open the document in a new browser tab, from the conversation, click New tab "".

If you can't edit documents, contact your Google Workspace administrator. Your organization needs to turn on the Drive and Docs service to use this feature.

Tip: When you work on files together, you can edit, format, share, and rename documents without leaving Gmail. To work with comments or other features in Google Docs, open the doc in a new tab.

File types blocked in Chat

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

You can’t attach certain types of files, including:

  • 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, WSH.
    This list includes any compressed form (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 one of these types and you're sure it's safe, try uploading the file to Drive and sending it as a Drive attachment.

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