6 Ways on How to Send Large Files Through Email

Email services like Gmail was never really designed to send large files. Instead, they are actually projected to replace conventional mail. However, most email services allow you to attach files, but with limited file sizes. Gmail for instance, the popular email service comes with a maximum of 25MB attachment per email.

The simplest way if you need to send larger files is by uploading the files you want to send to the cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive and send the links of the files via email.

To ease you sending files larger than 25MB, Gmail allows you to attach files from Google Drive. Or, if you use Dropbox, you can install an official Chrome extension developed by Dropbox (Dropbox for Gmail) to makes it possible for you to attach your Dropbox files.

In addition, there are also file transfer services like WeTransfer that allow you to send large files as well. Following are 6 ways you can use if you need to send large files online.

1. Via Gmail with a Google Drive attachment

Gmail and Google Drive are in the same roof, owned by Google. So, integrating them is extremely easy. One of the integration forms between Gmail and Google Drive is that you can attach Google Drive files on Gmail.

  • Login to Gmail and create a new message just like usual.
  • Click the Google Drive icon at the bottom of the email composer.

  • On the appearing window, select the files you want to attach or upload new ones.

  • Click one of two buttons available at the bottom-right on the window. Drive link button works for any files stored in Google Drive, including files created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms. Attachment button only works for files that weren’t created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms.

  • Click the Insert button.

2. Via Gmail with a Dropbox attachment

In addition to Google Drive, you can also attach files from Dropbox on Gmail. It’s just, you need to install a Chrome extension (called “Dropbox for Gmail”) first before being able to do it. We already have an article about this one, kindly visit here to read it.

  • Assuming that you have installed the Dropbox for Gmail extension on Chrome, login to Gmail and create a new email just like usual.
  • Click the Dropbox icon at the bottom of the email composer.

  • On the appearing window, select the files you want to attach or upload new ones.

  • Click the Choose button.

3. Via WeTransfer

It doesn’t always need to login to your email to send files via email. You ca also take advantage of file trnsfer services like WeTranser and Filemail. Those services allow you to leave a message and will be sent to your recipient email. On the recipient side, the files appear as a link. Let’s start from WeTransfer.

WeTransfer is a freemium file transfer service. Free version of this tool allows you to send files with the maximum size of 2GB, with the file link will be expire after a week. In this example, I will use the free version.

  • Firstly, Visit WeTranser site at wetransfer.com.
  • Click the Add your files link and select the files you want to send.

  • Enter the email addresses of your recipients (you can add up to 20 recipients), your email address and write down your message. Click the Transfer button.

4. Via Filemail

Filemail is the best option for sending large files online for free. You can send files with the maximum file size of 30GB, for free!. This service also allows you to leave a message and will be sent via email. If you use the free version of Filemail, your file link will last for 7 days before expired.

  • Visit the Filemail website at filemail.com.
  • Type the email addresses of your recipients, your email address, and the message you want convey.

  • Click the Add Files button to select the files you want to send (or Add Folder if you have prepared the files on a folder).

  • Click the Send button.

5. Via Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere is also a nice tool to send large files online for free. This tool also allows you to leave a message to your recipients and send it to their emails, along with the file link. The maximum amount of file size you can send is 4GB. Unlike Filemail and WeTransfer, free version of Send Anywhere only allows you to add a single recipient.

  • Visit the website of Send Anywhere at send-anywhere.com.
  • Click the Email option beneath the file selector box.

  • Type the email address of your recipient, your email address, and the message you want convey.

  • Click the plus button to select the files you want to send and click the Send button.

6. Via pCloud Transfer

Another tool you can use to send large files through email without needing to login to your email account is pCloud Transfer. This is a free tool, allows you to send large files up to 5GB. You can even protect the file link with a password. You are also allowed to add multiple recipients (10 recipients).

  • Visit the pCloud Transfer site at transfer.pcloud.com.
  • On the right side, type the email addresses of your recipients, your email address, and the message you want convey.

  • On the left side, click the Click here to add files link to select the files you want to send. If you want to protect the link with a password, click the Encrypt Your Files link above the box.

  • Click the SEND FILES button.

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Written by Al Putra

An open source user, Manchester United fan and CC0-licensed stuffs lover



This article has 1 comment

  1. Kubes Reply

    Thank you for all the tips! My favourite service is MyAirBridge (www.myairbridge.com). I can send up to 20 Gb totally for free, without any registration and with the highest possible encryption during the transfer.

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