Send large files with Gmail Using the Google Drive

Know how you can send files up to 10 GB with Gmail using the Google Drive

Most of the email services these days are designed to accept files of large sizes in their inbox. In other words, we can say that there is no problem in holding & accepting the large files in Gmail inbox. However, the real problem arises when we have to send large files as an attachment using Gmail. The attachment size in a Gmail message cannot exceed the limit of 25 MB. If you try to send a larger file you will receive a Gmail attachment issue.

Actually, the Gmail attachment size limit of 25 MB file size is not just enough when you have to send some large data. Thankfully, you can use Google Drive to send large files up to 10 GB in size with Gmail. This article will provide all the necessary information you need to know in order to send files up to 10 GB with Gmail using Google Drive.

File and Email Sending Service

There are many online websites that allow users to upload their large files and let the other users download it using the passkey. These services are very reliable as the recipient can edit, reply on the files. However, this method of file sharing is quite cumbersome. Firstly, you have to upload the file on a third party server then the recipient has to download it again from the website.

To help the users in such a dilemma; Google allows users to integrate Gmail with Google Drive. Sending files in Gmail using Google drive is very easy. You just have to attach the file from the Google drive to Gmail message just like attaching a normal file. The only difference will be that you can attach the files of size up to 10 GB and you will be asked to give permission for the shared files. This method is more recommended because here you are using Gmail storage space i.e. Google drive to hold the file to be shared instead of an external server.

How to send files up to 10 GB with Gmail using Google Drive?

To send a large file via Gmail using Google Drive, first of all,  you need to upload it on the Google drive and then send it to the desired recipient.

Uploading a large file up to 10 GB in size to the Google Drive and sending it using Gmail.

  1. First of all, you need to log in to your Gmail account and click on compose button.
  2. From the compose message window, you need to click on the “Insert Files using drive” option available at the bottom.
  3. Now, if you don’t have the files saved in your Google drive then you need to follow the steps given below.
    1. Open the “Upload” Tab.
    2. Drag and drop the desired file in the prescribed area or click on the “Select files from your computer” option and choose the desired file.
    3. Click on upload.
  4. Open “My Drive” tab and select the files you want to send and click on “Insert”.

Note: If you have inserted the files that are not shared with all the recipients of the email then Google will show you a prompt message “These Drive files aren’t shared with recipient”. In such cases, you need to change the permission.

  1. To change the permission you need to open the drop-down menu in front of “Anyone with the link” and choose one of the following options.
    1. “Can View” option – This will allow everyone to view the message but cannot edit or comment on it.
    2. “Can Comment” option – Everyone will be allowed to comment and view the message but not allowed to edit the file
    3. The “Can Edit” option – Everyone can view, comment or edit the files.

Note: For additional restrictions, you can select “Recipients of this email” option instead of “Anyone with the link”. This will allow the access only to the recipients of the email not everyone.

Finally, Click on “Share & Send” to send the message.

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