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How to Upload Videos to Google Docs

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 by | Filed Under: Multimedia, Using The Internet

How to Upload Videos to Your Google Docs Account and Share Them with Your Friends

Google Docs is one of the best online office applications, as it lets users create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, charts, etc. from a web browser. The best part about Google Docs is that the online office suite is available for free and can be used to store any kind of file to your Google account, not just documents.

If you are new to Google Docs and haven’t given it a shot yet, be sure to read our earlier guide – what you can do with Google Docs

But what about videos? What if you don’t want to use video sharing websites e.g YouTube, DailyMotion or Facebook, and want to use your Google Docs account for storing videos online and sharing them with friends?

In this article, we will learn how to upload videos to your Google Docs account and share the video with selected friends or family members.

Upload Videos To Your Google Docs Account

First, go to Google Docs and login with your Google account credentials. When you are in, click the Upload button, as shown below:


This will open a page with a big File dialog box, as shown below:


To upload the video, all you have to do is drag the video from your computer’s desktop (or any other folder/ explorer window) and drop it to the “File upload” region.  If you are using an older browser such as Internet Explorer 6, you can click Browse and add the video file using Windows file upload box.

When you are done adding the video, click Start upload. Prior that, you may want to choose a specific folder where the video file will be stored.

To choose a specific folder, click Destination folder button and choose the target folder where you want the videos to be saved by default.


When the video is being uploaded, do not close the browser window. Although, you can continue web browsing or check email, by opening another browser window, while the video is being uploaded.

When the video has finished uploading, you will be shown the following notification:


Congratulations, you have successfully uploaded one video clip to your Google Docs account. To upload more videos, simply click the Upload more files button.

Viewing and Sharing Videos From Your Google Docs Account

To view the videos, go to Google Docs and click All documents. Then click the video file that appears in the list of documents, as shown below:


This will open the video in a new browser window, where you can watch it or download it to your computer, so that you can view it offline.

The video player in Google Docs looks similar to YouTube’s video player but please note that the video is accessible from your Google Docs account only and not from your  YouTube account or channel.


To share the video with your friends, click Sharing settings and then enter the email address of the person with whom you want to share the uploaded video clip.

If you want the video to be “Private”, be sure to check the Private check box in the sharing settings window.


When you are done sharing the video with selected email contacts, they will receive a notification email with a link to your video file. The shared users can then click that link to watch the video from their Google Docs account or download it to their computer.

Google Docs supports all the major video file formats e.g MP4, FLV, MPEG, AVI, WMV, 3GP so you can always upload videos stored in your mobile phone or those clips that have been taken from your iOs devices. There is no need to use any video converter at all.

The maximum supported resolution is 1920 X 1080 and the maximum file size for a single video clip is 1 GB.

Overall, Google Docs is surely one of the best ways to store videos to your Google account and share it with selected friends and contacts.

~Amit Banerjee


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