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How to email really large files



Here’s something that happens to us a lot, because we are designers with too-big-to-email files…

 

Have you ever tried to send a large file or group of files via email only to be told they exceed the attachment size? Ack. What to do? Well here are some options.

 

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How large is too large depends on what email protocol you are using and what file limits have been set? If you use Google, you can receive files up to 50 megabytes, but you are limited to attaching only 25 megabytes of files. Outlook allows only 20 megabytes of files unless your server has been configured for larger, and then your Outlook has to be configured for that size.

Here are a few solutions if you’ve been file-size-denied.

 

Try compressing your files to make them fit in your email.

Archive your files (to zip, etc) with the feature built into your system, then try sending it.

For Mac you can select Archive for PC you may need to install software. Here’s a guide.

 

Upload your files to a cloud storage space.

Cloud storage solutions like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive (Microsoft) offer free accounts, then you’ll have to pay for more storage pretty soon.

 

You could put it on a thumb drive and mail it.

Wow, your files are huge. Like 128 gigabyte or terabyte huge? Go for it but there’s got to be a better way.

thumb drive

The best solution, try a free file-sending service:

Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), TransferNow and WeTransfer are both excellent and free ways of sending large files (up to 20 gigs) to someone’s email address. There are others… WeSendIt, TransferXL etc. I’ve personally used WeTransfer the most and it’s great.

Obviously, if you’re a secret agent or deal in classified documents, you may want to consult with your IT or section chief before using anything other than your approved email system. But for the rest of us, hopefully, something here helps. If you need help with this or anything Marketing, fill out the form below.

 

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Consider this one of our how-to posts: Here’s something that happens to us a lot, because we are designers with too-big-to-email files… Have you ever tried to send a large file or group of files via email only to be told they exceed the attachment size? Ack. What to do? Well here are some options. How large is too large depends on what email protocol you are using and what file limits have been set? If you use Google, you can receive files up to 50 megabytes, but you are limited to attaching only 25 megabytes of files. Outlook allows only 20 megabytes of files unless your server has been configured for larger, and then your Outlook has to be configured for that size.
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