How to Send Files in Google Chat

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Chat users

What files can you send through Google Chat

  • You can send files in Google Chat one-to-one chats and spaces. 
  • The size limit is 200 MB.
  • Image files can be in .bmp, .gif, .jpeg, .png, .wbmp, or .heic format. 
  • Although you can send most files, there are some that you can’t send.
  • Google Chat blocks files that might contain viruses, such as .exe files or specific links. This is a list of some of the files types you can’t send: .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.

Workaround if you are unable to send a file with Google Chat

How to send files over Google Chat step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 1

In Google Chat, if you’re viewing a one-to-one chat or a chat space in full-screen, click the second icon (Upload file) from left to right in the chat message field at the bottom.

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 2

If you have minimized the chat, click the + icon in the chat message field at the bottom.

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 3

Now click the second icon from left to right – Upload file.

Step 2

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 4

Select a file on your computer and click Open.

Step 3

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 5

A file preview appears. Click the Send button or press the Enter key on your keyboard to send the file. Optionally, you can also type a message and send both at the same time.

Step 4

How To Send Files Over Google Chat - Step 6

Your file appears in the chat. Others can click to view and download it.

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