It is very common to have to send files via email, and it is just as common to not be able to send the file because it is too large or that your recipient bothers to see your inbox saturated with that file.
How can I send large files for free?
Fortunately, there are several ways to send large files free of charge. Either with your smartphone or your computer. Here are some of our favorites:
WeTransfer offers one of the simplest and most practical services for sending large files. It’s free. You do not need to register or have an account and you can send files of up to 2 GB in each shipment.
You can use this service as many times as you want and send the same file once to up to 20 different people.
WeTransfer also generates a link that you can send to your contacts by email, for example, through which you can access the file you wish to send. This link lasts up to 7 days.
2. Send Anywhere
This is a new service in Europe compatible with any web browser, with iOS, Android and with all kinds of operating systems, including Windows Mobile, Linux or macOS.
To send a large file (up to 4 GB), you only have to install the plug-in or extension in the browser you are using, open your email, attach the file you want to send and send the email.
You will see that after installing the plug-in you will not have any problem sending the file if you have less than 4 GB.
If you use the extension for Chrome or Outlook, the size limit extends to 10 GB, and if you use the Android or iOS 20 GB.
This service does not require you to register on any website, so it is as practical and fast as WeTransfer.
MailBigFile is another quick and easy to use option. It allows you to send 2 GB files and upload more than one file at the same time. The sender will have 10 days to download the files that you have sent through this service.
The interface is not as clear and “clean” as in WeTransfer. But still, it is still a good service to turn to if you want to send large files for free.
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Hightail was initially known as YouSendIt. It requires you to register on its website to be able to use its free version.
Although the fact that you have to subscribe makes the service not as fast and practical as in the options previously explained, it is still a decent and solid service to send files.
It allows you to send files of up to 250 MB. It also allows you to store up to 2 GB and gives you five electronic signatures.
Hightail offers other services such as data encryption, receipt verification and access through an app.
Dropbox is probably one of the most popular cloud storage services. Thanks to it, you can share files with your contacts. Even if they are not members of the Dropbox platform.
You can store up to 2 GB for free. And, if you wish, you can increase the storage capacity to 16 GB if you send software recommendations to your contacts.
There are also paid subscriptions that, in addition to increasing storage space, have extra tools and facilities.
6. Google Drive
Similar to Dropbox or OneDrive, Google Drive offers you space to store your files in the cloud and access them from any device with Internet access.
If you have a Google account (you’ll have to have it to use Google Drive ), you’ll have 15 GB of free space.
Google Drive is not exclusively designed as a service to send large files to other users. But it offers a very simple tool to use that will allow you to share those files without problem.
OneDrive is another of the most popular cloud storage services of the moment that will allow you to share large files with your contacts. It works in a very similar way to those previously described, Google Drive and Dropbox.
You will have 15 GB of storage thanks to this service from Microsoft. And if you need more, you can recommend the service to your contacts and get extra storage.
Any file that you store in OneDrive can be sent to your contacts for free. You will only have to click on the share button.
8. Mail Drop
Maybe if you use a Mac you have not realized that there is a free tool to send files that comes integrated with the Mail application.
It’s called Mail Drop , and it works through iCloud. A link will be generated that the sender can use to download the file you want to send him, even if he or she does not use Mail Drop.
If the sender does use Mail, the file will be sent automatically as an attachment in the email, no difference will be noticed with a smaller file.