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How Big a File Can You Send Over the Internet?

By Hanna Welch | June 22, 2018 |

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Every service that lets you send large files online has its own understanding of what is large. Some have a limit on file size of as low as 2GB while others let you send files of 20GB or bigger. What service has the highest size limits and how do you pick the right one for you? This article is meant to shed some light on the business of sending large files over the Internet and will hopefully help you choose the best service to fit your needs.

In this day and age, when half our lives is spent online, it is very easy to get lost in the sea of options when we have a need to perform some common action, like sending large files online. There are dozens of services that offer you to “send large files”, but each of those services has its own notion of “large”. Let’s look at some of the most popular services and see what we get with each of them.

1. pCloud

This is a free service for transferring large files online that lets you easily send files of up to 5GB in size to up to 10 recipients. You have to provide the recipients’ email addresses when sending the files with pCloud, which is not very convenient if, for instance, you use the service for corporate needs. However, it may work well for personal needs, as long as your file is not something like a long video of your wedding or a movie.

2. Mediafire

A free Mediafire account lets you upload and store up to 10GB of data, while a paid account raises that limit and allows sharing files as large as 20GB in size. This size limit is usually enough when you need to send a presentation to a client or a slideshow to your family.

3. Hightail (YouSendIt)

Hightail is the new name of the popular YouSendIt file sharing service, which mostly targets businesses. The site lets you share files of only 250MB in size for free, but a paid account takes care of transferring large files with a 25GB size limit on each and no limit on the number of recipients.

4. WeTransfer

To send big files with WeTransfer, you will want to get a paid account that lets you share files of up to 20GB in size with a cloud storage limit of 100GB. That’s a lot of space when you think of photos, short-size videos and similar files. However, if you need to store large movies, software copies or other really heavy files, you will need more space.

5. FileWhopper

How often do you really need to send large files online? If it’s something you do on a daily basis, then paying a monthly fee for a cloud file sharing service makes sense. But what if the need to transfer a large file arises only occasionally? What if you need to send several really big files today and maybe a couple more 3 months later? Then you need a service like FileWhopper. FileWhopper doesn’t require you to pay a monthly fee and offers you the highest file size limit of 1TB (yes, that’s one terabyte). You only pay for your file whenever you need to send one, and the fee depends on the file size.

With the above tips, you should be able to select a service that is going to help you send large files occasionally or on a daily basis, and be sure that there is always a solution available, whatever your file sending needs may be.  

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