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Attachment too large to email? No problem!

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It is likely that at some stage you've encountered the problem of email attachment size limits. Perhaps you wanted to send a very large home video to a relative, or a large collection of uncompressed photos from your last trip? Let's say your file is well over 500MB in size, at which point your email provider as well as the recipient's is unlikely to let the email through. There are exceptions - If you use Gmail, files up to 10GB in size are stored on their Google Drive service, and the download link is sent to your recipient. It's not quite an "attachment", but rather a download link included in the email.

So, what if you're not using Gmail? Well, you can essentially perform the same task by signing up to any number of free services such as Mediafire.com, however this blog post is to plug a nicer and easier method that I personally prefer.

WeTransfer.com

I was pleased to discover that WeTransfer does not require you to sign up, nor is it riddled with ads. (Okay, maybe just one used as the background image, but nothing noticeably annoying). WeTransfer is very easy to use, and of course, free.

All you need to do is visit www.wetransfer.com, click the "Add files" button to select the files you want to send, then enter in your recipient's email address, as well as your own, add a short message. Once everything is filled in, click Transfer.

When the transfer is done, you will receive an email confirming the process, and you will also receive another one when your recipient has grabbed the file. Too easy!

You might now be thinking... "Cool, so what's the catch?" Fair Question. Well, you can only send files up to 2GB in size (for now) , which for many people might not be an issue anyway. Secondly, your files are not kept on WeTransfer forever, they will expire, so you aren't going to be able to go hunting through your jungle of emails later down the line to retrieve the file if you've lost it. These disadvantages are of course removed if you sign up for a paid account, however at that point you might want to consider looking at the plethora of other similar premium services available. On the other hand, if these limitations aren't an issue for you, WeTransfer is a very quick and easy way for you to get those large files across to someone.
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