You already have zipped a folder containing a large chunk of data – could be 100MB of pictures, 60MB of presentations or 1 GB of quick video tutorial – ready for sending through Gmail?
What happens when you fire the email? Clearly not anything close to “Your email was successfully delivered to contact name so and so.”
It’s quite sickening that even at this age of technological advancement, popular email clients like Gmail still refuse to accept attachments to the north of 25MB because of Gmail attachment limit.
It gets worse if you don’t get to know whether your email was opened (or not) after putting such efforts in sending it.
Gmail attachment limit
So far you can attach a file size of up to 25MB using the Gmail user interface. The size of your attachment will be determined by the size of file on disk.
The 25MB cap is applied to the total of the message’s and the encoded attachment. That means any message you sent this Gmail attachment limit will result to an error and will bounce back to you.
When you send files larger than 25MB, Google automatically uploads them to Google drive. And to make the file accessible to the recipient(s), Gmail places a download link to the file in the body of the text.
However, if you send a file smaller than 25MB so that you bypass the need to use Google drive, your file could also end up being more than 50MB in size.
Attachment encoding makes the size of the file grow slightly, and often, it doubles in size when encoded into MIME format.
Reprieve that never was
In a move that sounded like a much-awaited reprieve to many Gmail users, Google announced that it was going to double the Gmail mail size limit for all users. That was enough to knock off rivals – Yahoo, Outlook – and probably send them back to the drawing board.
The change happened, except, that their rivals didn’t (and still don’t) really need to get worried about it.
The only good news is that all Gmail users can receive emails whose attachments are as big as 50MB in size. But Gmail won’t allow you to send a 50MB attachment of your goofy holiday pictures to your friend. At least, they won’t be happy with you.
Currently, no mainstream email client offers email attachments beyond 25MB. Even rival email clients such as Yahoo and Outlook limit the attachments at 25MB and 20MB respectively.
How to Send Large File Attachments through Gmail:
Email infrastructure is not designed to cope with large files. That’s why most email providers impose limits on the maximum size of a single attachment. However, if you really wanted to send presentations, photos, or other documents that exceed the Gmail attachment size, you have to two options:
- Break it into bits and send them bit by bit. This option takes a lot of time, and could potentially annoy your recipient(s).
- Upload it to cloud-based file sharing services like Google Drive, Dropbox, among others, and attach/share a download link on the body of the email.
If you don’t know how to attach large files in Gmail and add share attachments on Google Drive, here is how you can get started:
- Insert files using Drive.
- Go for the Upload button
- Drag files to the designed area and drop them.
- Pick all the files you want to share and insert.
Using Cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox allows you the additional benefit of avoiding annoying people with huge attachments. You can also attach the files in a few clicks for the next time you use the same attachment, not having to upload all over again.
Do you use other methods/services to attach larger files to your email? Comment below and let all our readers know.