I would like to create a Google form for submission of abstracts. Participants should have the option to add images, Excel files, or PDF. However, as soon as I add the File upload field in Forms, one has to log in to participate in the survey.

  1. Is there a way to allow file upload without logging in (in the worst case using third-party platforms)?
  2. If not, what would be a good alternative to Google Forms that allows this?

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Unfortunately, Google Forms does not allow anonymous uploads. All uploaders need to be logged in with Google accounts. The workaround would be to use some external 3rd-party cloud/server as a gathering point for uploaded files.

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    Thanks! Could you suggest examples how / where that could be done?
    – n1000
    Commented May 24, 2019 at 9:08
  • an example would be sharefile.com
    – user0
    Commented May 24, 2019 at 9:15
  • the user can upload the file on services like - pasteboard.co and submit the generated link.
    – Mohit
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 13:35

This website offers a feasible solution: https://forms.studio

I just tried it and it works very nicely. This is a demo. Their video tutorial walks you through the necessary steps. In a nutshell one needs to copy their Google sheets file including the necessary scripts and then activate and edit it.

Using scripts from unknown parties can be potentially dangerous. Proceed at your own risk.

  • Note that this product is paid and trial expires in 4 days.
    – user205987
    Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 13:50

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