From time to time, we need to transfer large files to someone else. Whether it be a video or graphical file, a lot of times, the file won’t fit in an email. Most cloud providers offer a way to share files, but if you are not subscribed to one, this isn’t an option. In today’s post, we list some effective options for file transfers.
Most email providers have caps on the size of the attachments allowed to be sent. When a file is too big to attach, a notification will pop up, indicating the file can’t be attached. For example, Gmail only allows a maximum file size of 25MB. Apple and Outlook both cap out at 20MB. Users will be prompted using the provider’s cloud solution (Google Drive, iCloud, One Drive) for larger files. Most cloud providers allow some space free of charge, but not enough to be a long-term solution if you are sending lots of files.
Smash is a great service to use for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there is no limit to the size of the files allowed to be transferred. Additionally, there is no need to register for the service, and it’s free. However, you will need to provide an email address to upload a file so you can be notified when someone accesses it. These files are available for download for up to 7 days. Smash comes with a simple interface that allows files to be dragged from your computer to your browser.
Dropbox offers a standalone transfer tool in addition to its file syncing and cloud services. This is different from the normal Dropbox services because the recipient does not need a Dropbox account to download the file. However, the sender will need a profile to send the file. A link for the file will generate that then can be added to an email. Dropbox limits the available time for a file to be downloaded to three or seven days.
WeTransfer is a popular way to transfer files online quickly. The service offers a free and paid option. The paid option costs $12 per month and allows file sizes up to 20GB opposed to 2GB allowed by the free version. Uploading a file is easy. Enter the recipient’s email address and select the file you want to be sent from your device. Once you click transfer, the file will upload and sent, or a URL will be generated that can be included in an email.
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