Have you ever found yourself wanting to send a file that was just too big for email? There are different ways to successfully make large file transfers. Whatever it is that you want to send, the techniques listed in this guide are simply effective and the most secure ways to send large files for free.
1. Compress the file(s)
|Find the file you want to compress||Find the file you want to compress|
|Right click on it and select Send to||Two-finger click/control+click on the file|
|Choose Compressed (zipped) folder||Select Compress … [file name]|
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2. Use a cloud storage service
Cloud computing is on the rise, and it presents the most popular, and so far the best option for transferring large files. You first upload the file to an online storage service, after which you share the download link with the recipient. While there are lots of such services around, below are some of the best to consider.
— Google Drive
If you’re signed on to Gmail, you already have a Google Drive account that offers you 15GB of free storage. It allows you to send large files (stored on the drive account) as email attachments.
You can upgrade to the paid version of Drive which goes for a $2 monthly fee for 100GB of storage. Other options are $10 for a terabyte (1,000GB) of storage, as well as a 10TB option going for $100 a month. There are larger packages beyond that if you plan on storing lots of big files.
Over the years, MicroSoft has made some upgrades to its OneDrive service which has seen it become one of the most competitive solutions for online file storage. It offers you 5GB of storage in its free package while a $2 monthly fee will get you 50GB of storage. For $7 a month, you get a terabyte (1,000GB) of storage. As part of their subscription plan, subscribers to Office 365 get to enjoy 1TB of OneDrive storage for free.
Offering 2GB of free storage space, Dropbox is another great cloud storage option that comes with a variety of sharing options. With a basic suite of features similar to that of Google Drive, Dropbox also offers a mobile app for users of other platforms aside Android and iOS, such as the Kindle Fire.
With its premium accounts, you get a terabyte of space for a $10 monthly fee. $20 a month gives you a few advanced features on your Plus account, along with advanced sharing controls, including the ability to set passwords and create expiring links.