Nowadays, thanks to internet connections with fiber and 5G it is possible to send large files in a few seconds because the upload speed has become truly remarkable; however, to transmit large files you will not be able to use the normal email service because there are very limited limits for the maximum size of the files attached to the email. So if you need to share large files (by large I mean even several Giga) then you will have to find an alternative method.
In this guide I will show you, without wasting too much on useless chatter, the best free services for sending large files.
Send large files
As I told you if you have to send large files (for example the content of a CD or an ISO image of a program) you will not be able to use a normal e-mail message because the maximum size of attachments is always very low; fortunately, however, you have many other possibilities. In fact, you can:
- share large files via cloud storage servicessuch as iCloud or Dropbox
- use messaging applications that allow sending large files
- use special email services that allow the sending of large files
- use free file submission services
As for email services, some service providers such as gmail allow you to send emails with large files thanks to their integration with cloud storage services. On gmail in fact, if the sum of all the attached files exceeds 25MB in the email instead of the attachments, a Google Drive link will be automatically added from which you can download the files; in this way you can transmit files up to 10GB .
Another email service that allows you to send files up to 20GB in size is JumboMail . The interesting thing about this site is that you can use it without registration, entering only the recipient’s data and specifying how long the files must remain available (a week or 6 months), very convenient if you have to use it only once, or you can choose to register for free if you want to keep track of the emails you have sent.
However, the most popular service for transmitting large files remains Wetransfer ; it is a completely free website that allows you to send files up to 2GB in size . In practice you will have to upload the files you want to share on its server and specify the recipient’s email that you will have 7 days to open the email and click on the link to download the files. This site also offers the possibility (with subscription) to extend the space up to 20GB. The app for Android and iOS is also available for this service.
The Mega site allows you to share large files (up to 50GB ) for free after simple and quick registration. All you have to do is register, choose the free plan and upload the files; once done you will get the link to download the files that you can send to anyone you want.
To share large files you can also use the free space provided by the many cloud storage services. Their convenience is that you can create folders within them and organize files just like you do on your home computer. ICloud, the Apple service, for example, allows you to have free 5GB of network space to share with whoever you want and accessible from Windows , Mac , Smartphone or directly from the Web.
Another historic service is Dropbox which offers 2GB of free space to use for streaming large files. Google via Google Drive gives us 15GB of free space to share large files.
Last but not least, Microsoft OneDrive with its 5GB of free space to use for sending large files.
From a smartphone then, to send large files, you can also use messaging services. Telegram , for example, allows you to send files up to 2GB in size. The Send Anywhere App for iOS and Android then allows you to send any file from smartphone to computer without limitations quickly and easily.
So, in conclusion, to transmit large files you are spoiled for choice; the only real limit to sending large files is the upload speed of your WiFI connection but if you have fiber at home then everything will be very easy and fast.