Email Large Files, Up to 50 MB

Google Drive

email large filesCheck the file size if you want to to email large files. If the file is between 25 and 50 MB, you have to use Google Drive. The file gets uploaded to Google Drive. Gmail places a download link to the file in the body of your email message.

At the time of this writing, 50 MB was the largest size you can email.

Actually, you do not email the very large file. You upload the file to your Google Drive. Then you share the file with your recipients. Your recipients download the file with a browser link, not an attachment sent in email.

How to email large files in five steps

  1. Go to
  2. Click Compose.
  3. Start email like any other email.
  4. Click paper clip to attach the large file.
  5. Click Send.

When your recipient receives the email, they click on the attachment. It will be downloaded from Google Drive to the Downloads folder in their hard drive.

Animated GIFs

The moving graphic to the right is called an animated GIF. You may have to  use the system above to email animated GIFs if they are unusually large. An animated GIF is  a series of still image frames coded into a single file.

I create animated GIFs professionally. The largest one in my GIF file is 16.4 MB. If someone ordered one that large, I would use gmail to send it to them.

If you are curious as to how you might be able to order your personalized animated GIF, click on the GIF above.

6 reasons for using animated GIFs

  1. You can tell a story more powerfully with moving pictures than with text.
  2. Moving pictures grab people’s attention better than still pictures.
  3. People have short attention spans these days. Moving pictures help you maintain their attention.
  4. Animated GIFs can accompany an article in such a way that it is easier to understand the article.
  5. A skillful GIF designer can guide a viewer’s eye to the CTA (call to action).
  6. You can mesmerize the viewer to create an emotional impact.

See more samples of animated GIFs.

The email large files video

Below is my corresponding Pinterest pin.