The current Gmail attachment size limit is still 25MB, a real harsh figure for people who would like to send to their friends and family a home video, a bunch of photos, or any other files that exceed the Gmail file size limit. However, there are still ways to break that limit. Follow this article to learn how to send large files via Gmail in two practical ways.

Michelle | Sept 17th, 2020

About Gmail Attachment Size Limit

The Gmail max attachment size has been remaining the unchanging 25MB for years. This is out of the concern of not overloading your space-limited Gmail inbox as well as not pressuring the mail server with large-size files. If you force to send an attachment over 25 MB via Gmail, you have to send it as a Google Drive link that is auto-generated by Gmail. This is, to be honest, the most convenient way to send files exceeding the Gmail attachment limits when there is ample time. On the other hand, even if you try to send files smaller than 25MB, you may still find it unworkable because its size has been extended over the limit by the MIME standard. To put it in another way, the actual attachment size you are allowed to send is smaller than 25MB.

Yet lose no heart. The following two parts have provided you with two useful workarounds to bypass the Gmail size limit. Please read on.

Sending Large Files via Gmail with Cloud Services

The Google Drive link auto-generated by Gmail gives us a hint that we can send our large files as a downloadable link embedded in our email. And we need to rely on some cloud storage services like Google Drive, One Drive, and Dropbox in this method to help turn the files into the link. However, instead of creating links on the spot when composing emails (suitable for people having rich time), this approach is to prepare file links beforehand so you can attach it to your email immediately. Here we also take Google Drive as an example:

Step 1. Sign up for Google Drive with your Google account. You’ll receive a 15GB free storage space.

Step 2. In Google Drive, click on the + New button on the upper left corner of the page to create a folder or directly upload your single file or folder file into Google Drive.

Step 3. Go to Gmail. At the top left, click Compose.

Step 4. In the Compose page, click the Google Drive icon at the bottom menu row and select the files you want to attach. Then click Insert.

Step 5. Click Send.

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Sending Large Files through Gmail by File-compressing

Another way to overcome the Gmail attachment size limit is to compress the file. This approach is suitable for files that are around 30MB in total. Here is the detailed process:

Step 1. Put all the files you want to attach in one folder.

Step 2. Right-click on the folder > Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder. You’ll get a zipped file that is 30 or 40 percent smaller than the original files.

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Step 2. Open Converter > + Add Files to import the video you want to send through Gmail.

Step 3. Click on the format icon on the right side of the main interface and select H265 (the advanced encoder for video). Then hit Run.

In this way, you can get a much smaller size video than the original one and keep the quality at the meanwhile. Also, you can alter the Quick setting beneath the format icon to downsize video yet at the expense of quality loss.

At Last...

The two directions on how to send large files through Gmail are not the final answers. You can also choose to not stick with Gmail but turn to a large-file sharing service to send your file. Hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!

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