Pop Quiz: what do you do when you have a 50MB+ file to send to a client/colleague/friend/etc? By the end of this blog post, you’re going to have multiple answers to this question!
It seems a bit strange that it’s nearly the year 2020, and we can still only email files that are up to 25MB in size, doesn’t it? Maybe someday that’ll change. But until then, it’s imperative that we have good resources with which to get huge files from our computer to someone else’s.
Here are my five favorite ways, with pros and cons for each.
WeTransfer is an easy-to-use free web app that almost needs no instructions. How does it work? Visit wetransfer.com, upload your files, enter your email and your recipient’s email and hit send!
Pros: No account needed on either side. Available to use from any online location.
Cons: If your file is over 2GB in size, you’ll need a paid account.
2) Google Drive
Google lovers love Google Drive, and with good reason. How does it work? Login to your Google/Gmail account (required to use), visit google.com/drive, upload your files, and either enter your recipient’s email or generate a download link.
Pros: You can customize whether your recipient can view, edit, or manage your shared files.
Cons: You’ll need to create a Google account to use Dive, and you will most likely annoy your recipient if they’re not in the “Google camp.”
Dropbox is loved by web designers like me who need an easy way for clients to send content in bits and pieces over a period of time. How does it work? You can create a “shared folder” which lives on both of your computers and automatically syncs whenever either person puts any files inside of it.
Pros: A shared Dropbox folder can live on your hard drive on your computer so you won’t have to go into a web browser to access files.
Cons: Both the sender and the recipient will need a Dropbox account. A free account caps out at 2 GB, so you can run out of space without a paid account.
One that I recently learned about, TransferNow, is another good free option for sending large files and it doesn’t require an account. How does it work? Visit transfernow.net, drag and drop your files, enter your info, and hit send!
Pros: Allows for up to 4GB for free users (the best that I’ve seen) and also lets you delay sending to a time or date in the future.
Cons: You only get five transfer per day without the premium plan.
It’s tried and true and it never fails. If you’ve got a flash drive, plug ‘er in, drop your files in, pull ‘er out, and give to your recipient.
Pros: There’s no danger of an email getting lost or not going through.
Cons: Requires a hand-to-hand transfer.
So, which of the above methods is right for you? The great thing, you don’t have to use the same method each and every time. I use Dropbox with my clients, Google Drive with one of the nonprofit boards I serve on, WeTransfer in many one-off situations, and the others on other occasions. It’s always good to have options, right? 🙂
Which is YOUR favorite way to send files? Let us know in the comments below.