What is the difference between typing a question, and uploading a file or an image ?

Asking a Question

Type your question into Perplexity, just like you'd chat with someone. Our answer engine understands your query and searches the internet to bring you a detailed answer. This way, you save time and avoid the hassle of endless internet searches. Plus, Perplexity remembers previous parts of our conversation for better follow-up responses.

Uploading a file or an image?

Need to dig into a document or use an image for referencet? Upload it to Perplexity. Great for summarizing PDFs, explaining codes, or translating text, this feature lets our answer engine focus on your file's content. It's perfect for when you need insights based on that specific document, without external internet searches.

In order to use image as a reference for a query using web search, please toggle Copilot on. If you’d like to strictly use the image as a single source without web browsing, then you can do so by simply submitting it as regular query.

In short, ask Perplexity anything for fast, internet-sourced answers, or upload a file for specific insights from that document. Learn the differences between typing a question and uploading a file.

  • What about my privacy?

We do not store the files or images you upload. The content of the file or image is added to the “context” of the information sourced and parsed only once for reference. This means that there’s no such thing as a stored file or