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Re: Download files from Upwork messages

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Andi Reese B Member Since: Dec 4, 2017
11 of 22

When I click on a file in my freelancer's messages, when the file opens up, it has a different file name. It's a hassle! Any suggestions? (Previously, I have not had this problem. Upwork changed something . . .)

Andi

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
12 of 22

@Andi Reese B wrote:

When I click on a file in my freelancer's messages, when the file opens up, it has a different file name. It's a hassle! Any suggestions? (Previously, I have not had this problem. Upwork changed something . . .)

Andi


Have you tried this? Click on the little file icon in your message room, then click on the file and you will be asked, do you want to save this file - see my screenshot below. My clients are not having problems downloading files, so I'm not sure what's going on - but maybe this will help you.

 

Alternately, you could just use another file exchange option, like Dropbox or Wetransfer, etc.

 

Sorry, I've apparently misunderstood your problem. Hope you get it figured out soon.

 

 

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
13 of 22

Also .... it helps to look at your browser settings, because it is there that you can specify what you want to have happen when you click on and download files. You should be able to set up a custom place and folder on your hard drive where all those files will land. Basic stuff, but some folks never look at those settings.

 

Nevermind.

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mike f Member Since: Feb 11, 2019
14 of 22

What a pain, there is no logical/clear and simple way to download files my freelancer uploaded. 

I have to open each one, which is slow, and then right click and use a chrome save as command.

It will take me 20 minutes to do this for all of them.

My freelancers need to use Skype and Dropbox, not this.

 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
15 of 22

re: "My freelancers need to use Skype and Dropbox, not this."

 

That is correct.

 

You may be working with freelancers who have limited experience with particularly useful file transfer methods (such as Skype, Dropbox, FTP, email, USB drive, Google Drive, TransferWise, etc.).

 

You may need to send them a Dropbox link, or ask them whcih file transfer tools they are comfortable with.

 

Upwork definitely is not the ideal solution to all file transfer needs. it is not a file transfer tool, although it has some limited functionality in that regard.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
16 of 22

mike f wrote:

What a pain, there is no logical/clear and simple way to download files my freelancer uploaded. 

I have to open each one, which is slow, and then right click and use a chrome save as command.

It will take me 20 minutes to do this for all of them.

My freelancers need to use Skype and Dropbox, not this.

 


Mike,

 

I agree that it's not a seamless process. Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc. is the way to go when you have lots of files. Another option (and something I offer clients if there are multiple files) is to share an alternate email that a freelancer can attach a zipped file and send to you. This is a good idea for this purpose, and also because of how often this site goes down and/or has messaging issues.

 

Preston is right ... file transfer on Upwork leaves a lot to be desired. That said, if freelancers are required to submit files in order to get paid, then Upwork should do something to improve upon this function.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
17 of 22

re: " if freelancers are required to submit files in order to get paid, then Upwork should do something to improve upon this function"

 

Virginia:

I appreciate your point about this.

And of course I wouldn't object if Upwork improved file transfer capabilities.

 

But technically is is not required to submit files via Upwork in order to get paid. For fixed-price projects, I rarely submit files using the "Submit Work" button. I usually just send a note referring clients to the work that I have done.

 

I know it seems natural to submit files, and it can be comforting to do so. But it's not really a requirement for getting paid.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
18 of 22

Preston H wrote:

re: " if freelancers are required to submit files in order to get paid, then Upwork should do something to improve upon this function"

 

Virginia:

I appreciate your point about this.

And of course I wouldn't object if Upwork improved file transfer capabilities.

 

But technically is is not required to submit files via Upwork in order to get paid. For fixed-price projects, I rarely submit files using the "Submit Work" button. I usually just send a note referring clients to the work that I have done.

 

I know it seems natural to submit files, and it can be comforting to do so. But it's not really a requirement for getting paid.


I know that Preston ... I was using it to make a point. As well, when people (mostly newbies) come to the forums crying about not getting paid, this is what we (and the mods) tell them to do. Use the "submit work", "get paid" button.

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Julie J Member Since: Jan 28, 2019
19 of 22

I know that Preston ... I was using it to make a point. As well, when people (mostly newbies) come to the forums crying about not getting paid, this is what we (and the mods) tell them to do. Use the "submit work", "get paid" button.

 

Is it possbile to submit the files both ways, upload to Dropbox, etc for the ease of downloading on the client's end and also submit the work on Upwork to be covered that way?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
20 of 22

re: "Is it possbile to submit the files both ways, upload to Dropbox, etc for the ease of downloading on the client's end and also submit the work on Upwork to be covered that way?"

 

Yes.

 

Many freelancers do that.

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