Emailing large files
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
I’m sure everyone has run into this situation: you need to email a file but it either won’t attach or it gets bounced back because it’s too large. Most email providers limit you to
Split it up.
If you’re emailing something like a group of photos, or several files, the easiest solution is to simply send fewer of them at a time over multiple emails. If you can do that, this is by far the easiest way around the problem.
Windows has the ability to ZIP/compress a file built-in. This will take one or more files and combine them into a single file and run compression algorithms on it to make the file smaller. Depending on the type of file it could compress it anywhere from 10% to 90% smaller. To ZIP a file in Windows right-click on the file(s) and then select Send to, then select Compressed (zipped) folder. A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location. You can see if that made the file small enough to email.
Upload to a sharing site.
If the first two options don’t work, you can use a file sharing site. This involves uploading the file to the site, then emailing a link to the uploaded file to the recipient instead of attaching the file to the email. Here are a few sites you can try: DropSend MyAirBridge Ge.tt Most sharing sites are as easy as just a few clicks. If you want a well known, reputable company for sending sensitive files, or sending files on a regular basis, you should consider signing up for an account with Citrix ShareFile