How to Send Large Files
Does this sound familiar: you want to send over an album from your child’s latest birthday party, but the files are too large, and so, the email won’t send? Isn’t it a pain?
Many email servers refuse to accept email attachments over a certain size. Even if you’re using a modern email platform, like Gmail and Office 365, there still is a message size limit.
But fear not, there are other easy ways to send large files without having to shrink the file size down.
Please note, that the following solutions are recommended for personal use only, like sending photos and videos. These solutions are not for businesses.
Use a Cloud Storage Service
By far, your simplest option is to store files you want to share on a cloud storage service, like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, ShareFile, or OneDrive. You can then share the file with someone and inform them via email that you have done so. They can then click a link and download the file directly to their computer.
If you use Gmail or Office 365, you’ll find that Google and Microsoft have integrated Google Drive and OneDrive into their email services.
If you use ShareFile or Dropbox, you can share the file from the cloud storage service’s website.
Use a Large-File Sending Service
These large-file sending services let you upload a file, then give you a link to your upload. You can then paste that link into an email and the recipient can click the link and download the file.
WeTransfer is my preferred large-file sending service. It’s quick and allows you to send up to 2GB for free. It’s important to understand that this is a sending service, not a storage service. The files are hosted only for 2 weeks under its free service.
A Word of Advice
When you use an online service like these, you’re entrusting it with your files. While these services are convenient, they are not completely secure. That may be okay if your files aren’t particularly sensitive (like photos and videos), but any files containing important information should not be uploaded.
If you need a solution to send large corporate files, please talk to your IT managed service provider. If you do not have a service provider, please feel free to give us a call. We would love to find the perfect, secure solution for your business.