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Trying to figure out how to transfer large files online? Gmail has a 25MB limit, but don't worry; there are plenty of ways to send big files over the internet.
Have you ever tried to email a file to someone, only for your mail service to tell you that it’s too big? It’s a frustrating but common problem. Most email services and software restrict the size of file attachments. For example, Gmail and Yahoo limit the size of attached files to 25MB, so that 100MB video isn't going through. Email is not your only choice; many standalone services can take on the job. Here are some ways you can send large files over the internet.
Store Files Online
One easy solution is to upload the file to a cloud storage service for the other person to then access and download from their device. Free tiers from Box (10GB), Dropbox (2GB), Google Drive (15GB), iCloud (5GB), and OneDrive (5GB) offer storage space that may solve your issue. However, these services also have upload limits, so you may need to upgrade to a paid plan depending on your needs.
Gmail limits attached files to 25MB in size; anything over that is automatically placed inside Google Drive. You can do this by opening a new email and attaching the file. If it’s too large, Google will generate a link to it in Google Drive.
After you try to send your email, you’re asked to provide access to the file to your recipient. By default, the file is available just for viewing. You can opt to allow the person to review or edit the file, but they would need a Google account to perform either action.
Once permissions are decided, send the email to its recipient and the person can click the link to view the file in Google Drive. Google may limit you to 15GB for the free tier of Google Drive, but any paid plan will allow you to upload up to 750GB a day (though files larger than this will still go through), with an overall file limit of 5TB.
Yahoo Mail can do the same, but it’s a less user-friendly option. If you try to send a large file through Yahoo, an alert will prompt you to save the file on either Google Drive or Dropbox. Pick your service of choice, then manually upload the file to the service.
You then return to the email, click File Attachment, and select Share Files From Google Drive or Share Files From Dropbox. Choose the file and it shows up as an attachment to your email. Once it is sent, your recipient can click the file attachment to view it in Google Drive or Dropbox.
Outlook allows you to attach a file up to 33MB in size. If you try to send something larger, Outlook prompts you to upload and share the file via OneDrive. Select that option and then compose and send your message. The recipient can then open and view the file from your OneDrive space.
Use a File Transfer Site
Instead of relying on email, you can instead turn to a third-party file transfer website. Just upload the file you wish to send and enter your name and email address along with the name and address of your recipient. The site houses the file online and sends your recipient a download link. How large can the file be? That depends on the service, and what you're willing to pay.
DropSend allows you to compose an email to your recipient and attach the file you want to send. Your recipient receives an email with a link to the file to view it or download it. DropSend offers three personal plans, all requiring a paid subscription. For $5 a month, the Basic plan gives you 10GB of online storage with up to 25 sends a month. For $9 a month, the Standard plan offers 25GB of storage with as many as 50 sends a month with other bonus features. The $19-a-month Professional plan gives you 25GB of storage with an unlimited number of sends each month and a host of advanced features.
With MyAirBridge, you can upload a file and email a link to a specific recipient or just upload the file and generate a link to share with anyone. You can send a file as large as 20GB for free. A basic $2.99-per-month plan covers files up to 50GB, the $10.99-per-month Pro plan handles files as hefty as 70GB, and the $65.99-per-month Enterprise plan allows files as beefy as 100GB.
Filemail is quick and simple. Fill out an email form with your address and its destination, compose your message, attach your files, and send your message. Your recipient then receives a link to the file for downloading or viewing it online. The free option allows files as large as 5GB, the $10-per-month Filemail Pro plan supports sizes as large as 25GB, and the $15-per-month Business plan handles unlimited file sizes.
WeTransfer is a user-friendly service many have probably already used. Just select the file you want to send from your computer, then add the email addresses and compose your message. Click the Transfer button to send your file to the recipient. A free WeTransfer account allows file sizes up to 2GB. You don’t need to create an account, but guests have to enter an emailed verification code for each transfer. For $12 per month, a WeTransfer Pro account allows files as large as 20GB as well as other benefits.
Send Anywhere is an ad-supported file transfer site that can send files as large as 10GB for free. You can upload a file, then secure it with a six-digit key or create an account to generate a shareable link or send an email. If you need to transfer even larger files, a Send Anywhere Plus plan supports file sizes up to 50GB at a cost of $5.99 a month.
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