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Best Way to Send Large Files by Email

By Hanna Welch | January 25, 2019 |

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Large email attachments are a big problem that can take a lot of time. Because nobody likes to wait too long while the attached documents are downloaded. Our advice is to compress any email attachments or use online file sharing services. It doesn’t take too much time to compress or zip files. And nowadays online file sharing services are the most convenient option for uploading and downloading very large files.

After reading our article, you won’t have to waste your time anymore by trying to attach really huge files to email messages!

How to Compress Files with Compression Tools

Don’t know how to send large files via email? Don't even try attaching huge files. Instead, compress any files before sending them.

Have you ever heard of compression tools? This software will help prevent large files from wasting network resources by compressing any files before attaching them to emails. Some examples of these useful tools that can work on any OS (Unix, Mac, Windows) are:

  1. 7-Zip
  2. bzip2

There are more interesting compression tools that you can find in this article:  5 Best Compression Tools to Prepare for Easy File Transfer

You can compress a document to as little as 10 percent of its original size. But remember to tell the recipient that you sent a compressed file, as they will need to extract the files from the zip folder. This means the recipient will also have to install some compression tool on their computer.

How to Compress Files with Operating System Software

Don’t know how to send large files via email? Don't even try attaching huge files. Instead, compress any files with operating system software before sending them.

You can compress large files without downloading third-party software. If you have an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS, it already has built-in software for compressing big files.

If you are a Mac user, follow these steps:

  1. Ctrl + click the file that needs to be compressed;
  2. Choose Compress.

If you are a Windows 10 user:

  1. Right-click the file that needs to be compressed;
  2. Choose Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.

To extract the compressed file, the recipient will need to double-click it.

Find more useful information in this article: How to Send Large and Multiple Files by Email

How to Send Really Huge Files via Email

But what do you do if you need to email a really huge file, like one that weighs 100GB? If your email plus attachment is more than 10MB after compression, use online file sharing services, because you won’t be able to attach such a large file to your email message. Every email service has limits on attachment sizes. Your best bet is to use FileWhopper. Why FileWhopper? Because this online service can easily handle sending large files of any size! No more limits on file sizes, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

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