Nowadays, there are numerous ways of sending and receiving files. You can send and receive files and documents with anyone, from anywhere, across different platforms. However, many file sharing platforms allow limited file sizes. Therefore, they limit you from sending large files. For this reason, this post discusses ways you can send files online, even large ones.
Use cloud sharing to send files via email
Email services are the easiest way to send files online. However, even the mainstream email providers like Gmail and Yahoo have a 25 MB limit when it comes to the file sizes that you can share. However, you can work around this limitation by using cloud sharing services offered by the email providers.
When you attempt to send a large file online via email, the email provider will automatically provide you with the option to upload the file to its respective cloud service. For instance, Google uses Google Drive, while Outlook.com uses OneDrive. After uploading the file to the cloud service, you can send a link of it to the recipient via email. However, you are still limited by the amount of space you have in your cloud, like Google Drive. However, these cloud services typically offer enough space for most large files. Ensure that the recipient is allowed to access the file in your settings.
If your email service provider does not have a designated cloud storage, you can still use this technique. You can upload your file to your preferred cloud storage, like Files.com, Dropbox, or ExaVault and then send a link to the recipient. Uploading to cloud storage is a great technique because it is free and easy.
Compress the file before sending it
If your file is too big, you can compress it before sending it. File compression tools compress your data and create a new file that takes up less space. The compression feature and quantity usually depend on the compression tool you apply. You can use the free built-in Windows and MacOS compression tools, or third-party tools like 7-Zip and Express Zip. There are many free compressing tools online that you can use.
However, note that not all files are compressible. For instance, you can compress office and PDF documents because they already have built-in compression. You can also compress an entire folder with many files into a single compressed file that you can easily share and move around. Unfortunately, Mp3 and JPEG files are not compressible.
Use a Virtual Private Network or a chat app
This technique helps you avoid broadband traffic management restrictions from your internet service provider. A lot of internet service providers restrict the sizes of files you can upload and send online by controlling the upload bandwidth. A VPN will help you keep your online activities private so the internet service provider cannot recognize the files you are sending and place restrictions on them. The downside of this technique is that your file may not arrive intact as the internet connection may slow down if the files are too large.
Some chat apps, like telegram, allow you to send large files of up to 4GB. Telegram is a secure app used by businesses, social groups, and individuals to communicate and send data. It is also secure. However, if you have files larger than 4GB, this option may not work. Also, besides Telegram, there aren’t other secure chat apps that allow you to send such large files. Most of them have limits.
There are many good ways to send large files online. However, if you have significantly large data sets, you can opt for the old-fashioned way of sending them. Save the files on external hard drive and mail it to the recipient. External hard drives are cheap. However, this technique is risky and it takes longer than online methods. Besides the methods mentioned above, you can also send large files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol), or file sharing applications like Jumpshare, WeTransfer, and Send Anywhere.
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