Have you ever tried to email a file to someone, only for your mail service to tell you it is too big? As frustrating as this might be, it is pretty common.
Most email services and software restrict the size of file attachments. For example, Gmail and Yahoo limit the size of an attached file to 25MB. So that 100MB video of the kids that you want to send to mom isn’t going to get through. What are your options? Let’s check them out.
Firefox Send is a free transfer service from Mozilla that lets you share files from any browser on the PC. A beta version for Android is also available, though the app description warns that it might be unstable.
If you don’t sign in, you can share files as large as 1GB. If you sign in with a free Firefox account, Send allows files as hefty as 2.5GB. When you share a file via Send, the recipient receives a link to click and download it.
Send applies end-to-end encryption to secure your shared file so it’s protected from the point you send it to the point it’s opened. You can control your file to determine when its link expires, how many times it can be downloaded, and whether someone needs a password to open it.
To use Firefox Send on your computer, browse to the Firefox Send page. If you don’t already have a Firefox Account, you can sign up for one there.
At the File Upload window, drag and drop files or select the files you wish to share from your computer.
You can then decide on a few link-sharing security options, like whether the link will expire after a specific number of downloads or a certain amount of time.
A password can also be used to secure the files being sent. Check the box for Protect with Password and then type the password you want to use. Anyone who receives the link will need the password to access the file.
When you upload files to Firefox Send, the service will encrypt the data and generate a link that can be shared. Multiple files are uploaded and packaged into a ZIP archive. Click the Copy link button to copy the link so you can paste it wherever it needs to go.
When the recipient receives the link, they can download the files (unlocking them with a password, if necessary). You can also always return to the Firefox Send page to view your files, download them, copy the link again, or delete them.
A few email services can give your recipient access to a large file by placing it on a cloud storage service. Instead of sending the actual file, the service creates a link to retrieve that file online. Our Editors’ Choice options in this category include IDrive, Microsoft OneDrive, CertainSafe, and Google Drive.
For example, try to send a large file through Gmail, and Google offers to put the file on your Google Drive repository. The email you send to your recipient contains the link to the file, which that person simply clicks on to open and view the file.
A third-party file transfer site, like WeTransfer, is separate from your own email service and might not require an account to use. These sites work by sending your recipient a link to a file stored online. Just upload the file you wish to send. Enter your name and email address along with the name and address of your recipient. The site houses the file online and sends your recipient a link to download it.
How large can the file be? That depends on the service, and what you’re willing to pay. Going the free route typically limits your file to a certain size. Choosing a subscription or paid option gives you the ability to send larger files. Here are three file transfer services worth trying:
DropSend allows you to compose an email to your recipient and attach the file you want to send. Your recipient receives an email with a link to the file to view it or download it. DropSend offers three personal plans. The free one lets you send files as large as 4GB up to five times a month. For $5 a month, you can send files as large as 8GB up to 15 times a month. The $9 a month plan will allow you to send files up to 8GB in size up to 45 times a month.
With MyAirBridge, you can upload a file and email its link to a specific recipient or just upload the file and generate a link to share with anyone. You can send a file as large as 20GB for free. A basic $2.99-per-month plan covers files up to 50GB, the $10.99-per-month Pro plan handles files as hefty as 70GB, and the $65.99-per-month Enterprise plan allows files as beefy as 100GB.
Filemail is quick and simple. Fill out an email form with your address and that of your recipient, compose your message, attach your files, and send your message. Your recipient then receives a link to the file for downloading or viewing it online. Filemail also offers apps for the desktop, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The free option allows files as large as 50GB, while the $15-per-month Filemail Pro plan supports unlimited file sizes.