Gmail users can now receive much larger files without using a cloud storage service like Google Drive.
(CCM) — Gmail has rewritten its attachments rulebook and is doubling the size of attachments that account holders can receive, the service announced in a blog post. "While Google Drive offers a convenient way to share files of any size, sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. So starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50 MB directly," the company said. The company appears not to want to encourage users to send large attachments, however, and the limit of 25 MB remains in place for outgoing emails, Google added. If more than one attachment is being sent the total size of all attachments must not exceed 25 MB.
For attachments bigger than these size limits, Google recommends using links pointing to files stored on Google Drive. Alternative services include Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox. If a user tries to send an attachment that is larger than this limit the attachment is uploaded to Google Drive with a download link automatically added to the email. The recipient can then download the file, even if the sender deletes it. File-sending services such as WeTransfer also allow users to send and receive large files that exceed the limits of Gmail and other email services.
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