Gmail Users Can Now Send Massive 10 GB Files Using Drive


Google eliminates the frustration many users face when sending a huge file.

Whether the file is too big for the email service, too big to be accepted by a security firewall or it times out due to how long it’s taking to transfer, sending a giant file over email is one of the most frustrating experiences anyone can encounter. As a personal anecdote, I’ve tried 10 different ways of sending a 3GB video of my buddy’s wedding to no avail, but now there’s hope!

Google has eliminated this frustration to some point by now allowing users to send files up to 10GB using Gmail and Google Drive, their cloud storage service. That’s 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment, which is particularly useful for business professionals that need to share presentations, blueprints, photos, videos, and other large documents.

The new feature will be rolling out over the next few days and can only be accessed using Google’s new email pop-up compose feature, which you’ll have to opt-in to if you haven’t already enabled the feature. Google even built in a convenient sharing checker, which double-checks that the email recipients have sharing permission to the file you’re sending them. If not, a pop-up appears on your screen, allowing you to change the file’s sharing settings.

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Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small businesses and online startups. He honed his entrepreneurial chops while working for his family’s Chicago-based window manufacturing business. Philip graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics.