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email large attachmentsEmail was never made for large file attachments. Many email servers won’t even accept emails with attachments over 10 MB in size. To send large files via email, you’ll need to upload your email attachments to a file storage and sharing service. The email recipient will receive a link they can click to download the email attachment, allowing you to send gigabytes of attachments without clogging up inboxes 3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account 3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account Google Mail currently offers 7,679 MB of free storage. For the average user, that is enough space to last a lifetime. But what if you run out of storage space nevertheless? How can you find... Read More and running into size limits.

There are quite a few services you can use here to email large attachments, and most of them are free. Exercise some basic caution when using these services – encrypt any sensitive files The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] Earlier this year, I was faced with a situation where I had a writer working for me overseas in China, where we were both certain that all of our email communications were being monitored. I... Read More (such as financial documents) before uploading them.

Google Drive – Gmail Integration

Gmail now has the ability to attach files stored in your Google Drive to emails. If you use Google Drive on your computer A Look At Google Drive, Google's Long-Awaited Cloud Storage Service A Look At Google Drive, Google's Long-Awaited Cloud Storage Service After more than 6 years of rumors and a long-ago cancellation because "files are so 1990", Google Drive is finally here. Coming with 5 GB of free storage space, a Dropbox-like desktop sync client, and... Read More , you can place a large file in your Google Drive folder and it will be automatically uploaded to your Google Drive account.

Click Insert Files using Drive link at the bottom of the compose window when sending an email to attach an already-uploaded file or upload a new file. The files you attach here won’t actually be attached to the email you send, so they won’t take up space in anyone’s email inbox. Your recipient will receive a link they can click to download the attachment from your Google Drive storage.

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SkyDrive – Hotmail & Integration

Microsoft actually beat Google to this feature with its SkyDrive Is There a Good Reason To Use Microsoft SkyDrive In Addition To Dropbox & Google Drive? Is There a Good Reason To Use Microsoft SkyDrive In Addition To Dropbox & Google Drive? Read More integration for Hotmail and if you use Microsoft’s online services, the process is seamless. When you try to attach one or more files that are over 25 MB in size, Hotmail or will prompt you to upload the files to your SkyDrive account. The recipient will receive a link to the file instead of the file itself in their inbox.

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File Dropper – Up to 5 GB per File

File Dropper isn’t integrated with any email program 5 of the Best Desktop Email Clients That Don't Cost a Dime 5 of the Best Desktop Email Clients That Don't Cost a Dime You need a desktop email client to handle your incoming mail? We show you the best desktop email clients you can get for free. Read More , but it allows you to upload files up to 5 GB in size each. You don’t even have to create an account. You’ll receive a link to each file you upload and you can paste that link into an email to email the file to someone. Files will be deleted if they aren’t downloaded at least once every 30 days.

We loved File Dropper 3 Simple Ways to Send Big Files Over the Internet 3 Simple Ways to Send Big Files Over the Internet Read More when we wrote about this years ago, and it’s still a great service.

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WeTransfer – Quick & Easy Emailing

WeTransfer only allows you to send files up to 2 GB in size and the files are only available for two weeks. However, WeTransfer has a trick up its sleeve – it makes it easier and faster to email these files. While you have to copy-paste your File Dropper link into an email, you can specify your friends’ email addresses and your email message directly on the WeTransfer site.

There’s no sign-up process here, either – WeTransfer is a very quick way to send large files.

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TransferBigFiles – More Features

TransferBigFiles offers a few more features, such as a Chrome extension that integrates with Gmail for easy uploading files. You can also protect your downloads with a password Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Much of the advice around passwords has been near-impossible to follow: use a strong password containing numbers, letters and special characters; change it regularly; come up with a completely unique password for each account etc.... Read More , set a custom expiry date, or get notified when the files are downloaded. You’ll need to sign up to use these features – you can use TransferBigFiles without signing up, but files will expire in 5 days.

If you don’t want to sign up, you’re better off using one of the above services.

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DropSend – Outlook, Windows, Mac, & iPhone Integration

DropSend allows you to quickly send files without signing up, but its most unique features are its plug-in for Microsoft Outlook and the DropSend Direct desktop app, which allow you to quickly email large files from your Windows or Mac desktop. DropSend offers an iPhone app, too.

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EmailLargeFile – Android & iPhone Apps

EmailLargeFile doesn’t offer a lot of storage space at up to 200 MB per file. Its main distinguishing features are the Android and iPhone apps it offers, allowing you to easily send large files from an Android or iOS device. If you want to email a video or another large file without transferring it to your computer first, give EmailLargeFile a go.

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YouSendIt – For Businesses

YouSendIt is one of the big names in sending large files via email. After you upload a file to YouSendIt, it will automatically send a link to the file to the address you specify.

Unfortunately, the free version of YouSendIt only supports files up to 50 MB in size. If you’re sending larger files, you’ll need a paid YouSendIt account. You can get a 14-day free trial to try it out, but this option is best for businesses that want more security and control (unless 50 MB per file is good enough for you!).

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Which service do you prefer to use to email large attachments? Do you skip the email part entirely and share the files via a cloud storage service The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed... Read More like Dropbox Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of For many advanced computer users, Dropbox is the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices.... Read More ? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  1. playbak
    December 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    For Android devices, you can use PlayBak. Its really easy to send videos of any size to anyone via GMail, Email, Text Message, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Your recipients don't need any special apps to watch your video in HD

  2. Greg
    January 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Great article! Another great website to mention is - it's free to send large files!

  3. Karl
    January 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I prefer to use
    It has easy file sending and the file management, backup, and syncing features of Dropbox.

  4. John Hall
    December 30, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I don't always send large email attachments. . . .
    But when I do . . . .
    I prefer SkyDrive.

    • Sam Joseph
      October 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

      how to use it??? sorry i'm stupid ... i'm not native english speaker that's why i don't understand the instructions

  5. Michael Bratello
    December 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    i started using It allows you to send unlimited file size and has cool email tracking options such as remotely deleting an already sent email or if you forgot to attach a file you can attach it after the email was sent - pretty cool if you ask me!

  6. Deji Greg
    December 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thanks a bunch for this.

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I guess YahooMail give a YouSendIt free service integration (file size limitation upto 100MB), which can be upgraded by paying, to attach big files.

  8. Scott Macmillan
    December 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I also use Gmail with Gdrive.Never have a problem.

  9. alice little
    December 27, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Google drive sucks! Will not load, will not sync!
    What a waste of time.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Works totally fine for me. What browser are you using and how good is your internet connection?

    • Michael Alao
      December 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Works fine for me, but I did have some problems as a result of previously using Google Cloud Connect, which was integrated with Microsoft Office. As a result, none of my Office files would sync, and I could not uninstall Google Cloud Connect. The solution? I re-installed Google Cloud Connect and then immediately uninstalled it. Now everything syncs perfectly. I love Gmail and Gdrive.

  10. Anonymous
    December 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Nice article.. Quite informative..
    I personally like Gmail + Gdrive... Provides more flexibility to the way I work.

  11. Rohit Jhawer
    December 23, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I would go with gmail with gdrive, best option for me as i want my data to be secure. I use Gdrive for all my documentation. The best part is you can edit the doc even after sending it.

  12. Dropper
    December 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Don't forget Dropcanvas.

  13. Simen
    December 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I mostly use Ubuntu's built-in solution: attach the file the normal way, and it uploads the file to Ubuntu One and inserts a link if it is too large.

  14. Gjergji Kokushta
    December 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    What about SendSpace ( - it has a free plan:

    Single file size up to 300MB
    Basic Download Speed
    Limited - download within 30 days
    With Ads

  15. Flavius Graur
    December 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    There's also

  16. Mac Witty
    December 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Do use Dropbox for sending both files and folder by public link to people who do not have Dropbox. Folders are great as user have problem with zip files

  17. Moon.berriHQ
    December 22, 2012 at 10:40 am is also a cool site to send large files securely by setting up a password to protect your assets. Its free and very user friendly :)

  18. Dany Bouffard
    December 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

    You forgot to mention Dropbox, now it has a functionality to create a link to a file you want to share. SO you just share the link through the email and its done.

  19. Nikhil Chandak
    December 22, 2012 at 5:43 am

    some of the websites are mentioned here also !
    or we can also use a digital pigeon ! -
    but thanks for the great article !

  20. Manish
    December 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Only site you need to know about -