Recently I had a reader ask me how they can send large files to customers and clients. They were uploading image and audio files as an email attachment, and the emails were either returned undeliverable or just never arrived at their destination.
Sending attachments via email have a few inherent problems. The file size limit is usually quite small (usually under 25mb), and sometimes emails with attachments get caught up in spam filters, especially if you're not a known and trusted sender to the email recipient.
So what do you do? Fortunately there are lots of great services that will let you send large files easily without having to worry about failed uploads or undelivered emails.
Below are 3 file sharing services that I have used in the past and found to be reliable. All are free, with paid options if you want additional storage and options. The basic concept with all of these services is that instead of directly uploading the file to the email, you upload it to their servers and then simply email the link to the file to your recipient. When your recipient opens the email, they can click on the link and will be able to download the file onto their computer.
This is my favorite and is the most robust cloud storage/sharing service of the bunch. Dropbox lets you sync files across multiple computers, share and generate public links for files. Download the Dropbox software and it creates a special folder on your computer. Whatever files you place in that folder, are automatically synced with Dropbox. You can sync multiple computers and have them all share the same files inside the Dropbox folder. Everything is synced automatically across multiple computers. You also have the ability to share files and folders with other people, making it a very versatile service.
I've been using Ge.tt for a few years now. I use this service when I need to send a large, one off file that I won't need again. I can upload the file, email the link, and forget it. You can send files without registering for an account, or you can register for the free service for added features. The nice thing with Ge.tt is that you can share the link to your file(s) before they have finished uploading.
I don't use this service very often, but I've used it over the past 3 years on occasion and have always had a good experience with it. Offers a free plan with 2GB of space. For the paid plans, they offer advanced features like password protected files, digital signing of documents and more.
Stop sending email attachments
So here you have 3 file sharing services that should replace you attaching files to your emails, especially the bigger ones. There are lots of other free and paid file sharing services available online, which ones have you found to work well for you?