Top Services to Send Large Files via Email

Don't limit attachments to the few megabytes your provider allows

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You can send any file as an attachment to anybody via email. Any file? Well, any file that meets the size restrictions of both your email provider and the recipient's provider.

If you have wrestled in frustration with transferring large files, such as sending an entire movie you made or the latest batch of holiday photos, try a large file-transfer service. Using a file-transfer service, you can send huge files via email — files that are gigabytes in size and way too big to be sent as regular attachments.

These large file transfer services and tools make sending huge files by email not only easy but also fast and secure. They all work in a similar manner, although their features vary.

Here's a list of the best services that let you send large files via email including their limitations — often file size limits or the number of deliveries per month for the free accounts — and their file-sending features.

SendThisFile

What We Like

  • AES-256 encryption.

  • Compatible with mobile devices.

  • Paid plans include personalized Filebox others can use to send you large files.

What We Don't Like

  • No virus scan.

  • No password protection with free account.

  • Reduced transfer speed with free version.

SendThisFile lets you send files via email for free (with limited speed and a six-day pick-up limit). Paid accounts offer other amenities and can be used to send and receive large files in a branded manner through a website, for example, or using an Outlook plug-in.

SendThisFile incorporates secure transfer and storage using AES-256 encryption but provides no virus scanning.

Just upload your file to the SendThisFile website and provide your recipient's email address. As soon as the upload is complete, SendThisFile sends an email to your recipient with instructions for access. Only the recipient you specify can download the file. 

Filemail

What We Like

  • Works on all platforms and websites.

  • Delivery tracking on all plans.

  • Unlimited downloads on all plans.

What We Don't Like

  • Password protection available only on Pro account.

  • Files available for only 7 days on free plan.

  • Cannot receive files on free plan.

Free Filemail not only lets you send files up to 50 gigabytes via email (paid accounts have no size limit), recipients can download in a browser or via FTP and BitTorrent. Paid Filemail accounts come with amenities such as Outlook add-ons, password protection, or a branded site that lets users send you files of unlimited size.

The files are uploaded to FileMail's cloud storage. You supply an email address and message, and your recipient is notified when the files are uploaded and instructed how to download them.

The service offers delivery tracking and works on all platform and web servers.

DropSend

What We Like

  • Paid accounts include online storage for backups.

  • Android and iOS apps available.

  • DropSend for Outlook plug-in to attach large files to Outlook emails.

What We Don't Like

  • No encryption on free or basic plans.

  • High prices for encrypted personal and business accounts.

DropSend sends up to 4GB for free (8GB with a paid account) to any email address in a simple manner. You go to the website and fill in the email information. Select the file or files to transfer to DropSend's website. The recipient is notified by your email when the files are ready for download. DropSend has monthly limits for sending large files. Free accounts include five "sends" per month, while paid accounts offer up to 45 sends per month.

DropSend uses 256-bit AES security to keep your files secure. The service is ideal for sending big files to clients or for backing up your files online.

 

WeTransfer Plus

What We Like

  • Password-protected transfers.

  • Transfer overview for resending, forwarding, or deleting files.

What We Don't Like

  • No free plan.

  • Recurring monthly or annual fees.

WeTransfer Plus is a simple and stylishly attractive means of sending files via email up to 20GB (for paid accounts). Store up to 100GB on the company's server and personalize the experience by selecting your background images. You have the option to password-protect your transfers for additional security. Your files are not automatically deleted, and you can view and manage them from the website or app.

TransferNow

What We Like

  • Select send or expiration dates for transfers.

  • Unlimited downloads per transfer.

  • Paid account includes password protection.

What We Don't Like

  • Free plan includes advertising.

  • Files are not encrypted.

  • Expired files cannot be retrieved.

TransferNow is available as a free paid premium service. You can upload files up to 4GB with a free account or 20GB with a Premium account in a no-frills manner. Downloads are available for 7 (free) or 30 (premium) days. You receive an email 48 hours before the files expire with information regarding who downloaded the file. You can protect your large-file transfers with a password, but free TransferNow offers few additional features.

MailBigFile

What We Like

  • File tracking on paid plans.

  • Files available for up to 60 days on paid plans.

  • Custom branding on paid plans.

What We Don't Like

  • No encryption for free account.

  • Files available for only 10 days on free plan.

  • Few features on free plan.

MailBigFile is a fast and simple way to send large files up to 2GB for free. Paid, professional versions allow for larger files up to 20GB and more downloads per file as well as secure connections, file tracking, and apps.

For paid accounts, files are transferred using 128-bit SSL encryption and stored using 256-bit AES encryption.

SEND6

What We Like

  • Tracking and delivery confirmation with all plans.

  • Outlook plug-in sends directly from Outlook.

  • Downloadable Wizard adds capabilities.

What We Don't Like

  • Free account is not encrypted.

  • Small storage limits on all account types.

  • Slow upload speed with free account.

SEND6 lets you send and track files up to 250MB using the web interface easily without registering, but you can opt for registered and paid accounts that include secure connections, online storage, an address book, and branding. The maximum file size on the web interface is 2GB; that goes up to 4GB using the downloadable Send6 Wizard. All levels of accounts, including free accounts, include delivery confirmation and tracking

TransferBigFiles

What We Like

  • All uploads are encrypted.

  • Files never expire with paid plans.

  • UP to 1TB of storage.

What We Don't Like

  • Free plan is ad supported.

  • Small transfer size limit on free account.

  • Files expire after five days with free plan.

TransferBigFiles.com makes it easy to deliver large files (up to 20GB for paid accounts and 30MB for free accounts) to email recipients. The files can be protected with a password for additional security. Files sent through TransferBigFiles.com for free are available to be downloaded by the recipient for five days.

Use TransferBigFiles.com to send full-quality, non-compressed videos from your cellphone or to store files in the cloud indefinitely. You are notified when your recipients download your files.

Your Web-Based Email Service

Most email services include a way to send large files via email by using a cloud service. This is convenient and often not much different from sending a file as a traditional attachment. You can send big files using:

  • Gmail: sends files up to 10 GB using Google Drive
  • iCloud Mail: sends files up to 5 GB with Mail Drop turned on using iCloud Drive
  • Outlook Mail on the Web: sends files up to 10 GB using OneDrive
  • Yahoo Mail: sends files up to 5 TB using Google Drive (with Dropbox integration also available)
  • Zoho Mail: sends files up to your Zoho Docs file size limit (with Google Drive, Dropbox, and other services also available).