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How to send a large file

How to send a large file
How to send a large file

How to send a large file

Large files sent by many people far and wide are often refused by mail servers. That’s because mail servers (incoming and outgoing) confine the sizes of attachments up to maximum of 10MB, sometimes even less. Yahoo and Gmail, though both allowing 25 MB, is still not enough for some files.

Compress files before sending

Compress files before sending

If a file is too bulky to be sent as an attachment, why not make it smaller? Compressing a file not only lessens the file size but also accelerates the file transfer despite the ways that you adopt whether it is FTP, email or cloud storage. Computers with built in features of compressing a file make ZIP files in just few steps. For music or video, however, rather than ZIP, RAR compression is recommended as this compression has a better algorithm also with a restriction of reverse-engineering, so that chances of file corruption and data loss are shrunk. 7-Zip is therefore recommended, the best available file archivist.

A few of the other ways of sending a large file are stated below:


WeTransfer is one of the most accessible and effortless way of file sharing. Files up to 2GB at a time can be uploaded and sent as often as liked to up to 20 people at a time. The download link is generated and sent to the receiver via email. Uploading and sending through WeTransfer though, can sometimes be slow. Another drawback is that after seven days, the downloads are deleted from the server and the download link is broken.


MailBigFile can also send files up to 2GB and multiple upload can be done at the same time. With a drag-and-drop feature sharing becomes much easier.


Hightail (previously called YouSendIt) is although free, but you have to set up an account to access its features. It can share files up to 250 MB, store up to 2GB and the user can have 5 e-signatures. Data encryption and receipt verification are also offered securely by Hightail.

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Dropbox, a cloud service that provides the same sharing service, for free but the user should have an account. File can either be shared to another Dropbox user through account or URL if not a user. It works with Windows, Mac, Linxus, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry and also works on offline mode. Dropbox can store up to 16GB for free with recommendation but 2GB for free even without it.

Google Drive

Similar to Dropbox and OneDrive (which we talk about below), Google Drive, another account based app provides 15GB free storage space linked to Google account. Though not especially featured to send large files, it is an app with easy sharing features.


Operationally similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, One Drive equip 15GB storage of files in the cloud service, but 500MB more storage can be attained if  your friends join through your recommendation. Any file though, that is saved in OneDrive can be sent efficiently and effortlessly just by a clicking Share.

Mail Drop

Mail Drop, a Mac user’s friend in such a case, is an easy file sharing way operated with the help of  iCloud to upload the file and make it accessible to recipients (Mac user or not) through a link

Though if the recipient is a Mac user, it will occur to his account as just a normal attachment when simply sent through email.

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