How to send large files on the internet

Sending big files on the internet can be a real headache. It has been a problem since the Internet was created in 1983

A large file can saturate the e-mail program or the server of the sender or the addressee. At the same time there is an increasingly amount of media content online and it is common that a person has to send large files through e-mail or other social network.

How can we do this in a simple manner and without creating a massive jam on the server?

There are some specific tools that can be used. With the increasing size of attachments, a number of applications have been developed. These are devoted exclusively to send heavy documents without saturating either e-mail program or server. This programs are very simple to use:

1.      The user access the web address of the service

2.      Once there, drag the file to the web page

3.      The service creates a link once the file has been uploaded to their server

There are four main services:


WeTransfer is possibly the best known. It was the pioneer on this area. Its interface is not nearly as immediate as its competitors´ and it allows attachments up to 2 GB. The Pro plan increases this size to 20 GB per send. It is possible to set passwords and to set an expiration date on the link. If security is a main concern this option is very interesting.  

Dropbox Transfer

Dropbox introduced this new function incorporated to the multiple services it offers to its users. There is a standard free plan where users can upload attachments up to 100MB. The Pro plan allows up to 100 GB per send. Links expire immediately after seven days after being send. Pro users can set a password, determine a specific expiration date and even add watermarks to their files.

Firefox Send

Morzilla has also a similar service with Firefox Send. This new tool has as a priority the user´s privacy. It creates one unique key for each send file. Users registered with Firefox can send files up to 2.5GB, 1GB if they do it anonymously. Its functioning is very similar to Dropbox Transfer. An interesting fact is that Firefox Send offers completely free some services that its competition charges to the users like setting expiration dates and passwords.

In Addition, Mac users enjoy a similar service to the one mentioned above, with their default Mail service and an iCloud account. The user attaches the file in the mail and the system determines whether it should be uploaded to their servers or send through the e-mail as an attached file.

Cloud service

Those that decide for a more traditional service have the option to share their largest files from their cloud account. OneDrive, Dropbox and Google allow to share files from the cloud with only a few steps. This process is much slower and less intuitive than using the other specialized apps.

Compress the file

Another alternative is to compress the file if it is not too heavy. It consists of compress the attachments and the mail platforms offer this possibility. In both Windows and Mac the procedure is a simple one place the pointer on the file you wish to attach, press right click and follow instructions.

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