Google Drive’s file size limits

GoogleApps_Sep30_ACloud based storage and productivity solutions are among the more popular cloud-based services. Google’s offering – Google Drive – has been gaining popularity with businesses around the globe. While Drive does have built in word processor, spreadsheet and presentation apps, many are unsure as to whether there is a file size limit for these.

With Google Drive, it’s important to firstly qualify that any limitations relate to individual files. Google actually allows users to have an unlimited amount of Google files (documents, spreadsheets, drawings and presentations), but limits the file size of each.

Presentations
If you create a presentation using Google Slides, each file can be a maximum of 50MB. This equates to roughly 200 slides with an average amount of content. Uploaded files, like those created using PowerPoint, that have been converted to a Google Presentation, can also be a maximum of 50MB.

Drawings
There is a file size limit but Google has noted that they have never seen a drawing actually reach it.

Documents
For documents created using Google Docs you have a limit of 1,024,000 characters, regardless of the number of pages or font size. If you import a document, say a Word document, and convert it to a Google Doc, you have a file size limit of 2MB.

Spreadsheets
Google Spreadsheets can have a maximum of 400,000 cells across the workbook and 256 columns per sheet. If you upload a spreadsheet created in programs like Excel and convert it to a Google Spreadsheet the file can be a maximum of 20MB, and under 400,000 cells and 256 columns per sheet.

Other files
If you upload files, but don’t convert them into a Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, etc. you have a limit of 10GB per file. The only downside with this, is that you may not be able to open or edit the files from Google Drive.

Google gives every individual user 15GB of storage space while Business Apps and Education accounts get 30GB. This limit is shared across your Google account and includes Gmail, Google+ photos and Drive files. If you require more storage space, you can purchase more by going to the storage settings of your account, or talking to your account administrator.

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