How to Email and Share Large Files for Free

This is a guest post by Kevin Murtha.

CloudHave you ever tried to email a large file and received an error message telling you your file is too large?

Have you performed a Google search, looking for a way to email large files, and gotten routed to an annoying service that asks you to email the file to them – along with a bunch of personal information about both you and the file’s recipient?

There is a better way! The cloud computing service providers that you may already be using offer convenient ways to email large files for free.

Options, Options

Because it is a growing competitive market, services like Google Drive, OneDrive, DropboxAmazon Cloud Drive, iCloud, and more want you to start using their service. They hope to gain your patronage through you racking up more storage than is offered for free and opt for a paid storage plan.

Truth is, there are so many options and different services emerging that you can try many for free without ever have to pay for storage.

Cloud services offer between 2 GB – 50 GB of storage for free. If you already have a Gmail or Hotmail account you may already have a cloud drive and didn’t realize it. If you have a business email account joined to Google Accounts you already have access to Google Drive. If you have a Hotmail account you already have access to OneDrive.

Let’s take a look at some of the popular options:

Google Drive is rapidly adding new features and provides a means to view nearly 30 different file formats. They start you off with 5 GB of free storage and it integrates nicely with Gmail.

OneDrive is provided by Microsoft. The offer 7 GB free and have an advantage of seamlessly integrating Microsoft Office via a web version to manage, create, edit or send (share) files with others. Even if you don’t have Microsoft Office you can use the web version for free through SkyDrive.

Dropbox only offers 2 GB of free storage but has gained popularity and following of the business community and small business owners.

Amazon Cloud Drive offers 5 GB of free storage and is well suited for storing music. Storing music is easy and expected by Amazon. They provide a convenient way to upload in bulk and playback music files on multiple devices which have access to the internet.

iCloud is only for Mac users but it provides an awesome transparent way to sync across your I Pad, I Phone, or Mac computer.

Adrive and MediaFire offer large amounts of storage (50 GB), but fewer features, so if you are looking for a sure way to backup your files then one of them may be the best option for you.

The Cloud – Join it

Try your luck sending large file free with any of these cloud-based services. The files size range from 300 MB to 10GB. Gmail recently made it easier to upload and send a 10GB files size with a new interface with Google Drive. Now, that’s a good-sized file!

Share Files

Once you have signed up for or explored the service you like, look into how to share or send the file to your friends, family or co-workers. You will no longer have to contend with frustrating errors when sending large files or videos. As long as you have an internet connection, it is compatible across many computing platforms (PC, Mac, a Smartphone, I Phone, or I Pad) and the person you’re sending it to doesn’t have to have the service. You just share or email the link allowing the other person or people access to your file, photo or video. You choose if they can view only or edit. Many of the cloud services also have links that allow you to share directly to FaceBook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Use the Cloud to Back Up Pictures and Videos

Upload pictures or video from your cell phone to your cloud drive and you will have a backup of everything you take while on the go. From there you can send to others or manage files how you wish. You can also share the large files from your cloud drive instead of texting it. That way you will not have to contend with text message size limitations either.

Do You Use Free File Sharing Services?

If you are using free file sharing services, let us know which one you like best in the comments!

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Kevin MurthaKevin Murtha is a leading specialist and aficionado on cloud computing who loves all things technology.