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All the options to send big files – compared!

Do you have your preferred way of sending those big design files, batches of holiday photos or videos from your cousin's wedding? Read our blog and find out if it's also the best way for these tasks.

With many possible ways of sending big files to your friends, family or co-workers, which one is the best and easiest? We took a look at how different options compare regarding security, ease of use and technical savviness you need to use them.

1. Email

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The obvious option is always at hand – just attach the file to your email. Sadly, the attachment size limit is simply too strict when we start talking about bigger files. Gmail and Yahoo allow attachments up to 25MB, Hotmail sets the limit at 10MB, and Outlook desktop client will accept attachments up to 20MB of size. Hardly any help if you want to send someone more than a few low-res photos.

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2. Compressing files before sending

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The attachment doesn't fit in the email? Good old compression might do the trick. With many different types of software on the internet, allowing you to pack even multiple files in .zip or .rar files, this seems like a handy solution. Just compress the file (or whole folders of files ). Unfortunately, it won't you help deal with really big files, because even compression has its limitations.

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3. Messaging apps

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Now that we've established that email is not the best way to deal with big files, let's talk about the option that people seem to prefer over emails these days – messaging apps. We all use them daily to communicate with friends, family and even at work, so why not use it for sending files?

Facebook Messenger will allow files up to 25MB (pictures WILL be compressed), WhatsApp up to 30MB, Slack will allow 1GB, but has a limited 5GB storage on the free account (10GB on the paid one), and Telegram will allow sharing files up to 1,5GB. We're getting somewhere here! What are the pros and cons?

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3. FTP server

A bit old-school yet does the job quite reliably. Setting it up takes a bit of time though - you need access to a server, and then there are several steps you need to follow to be able to use it. If you'll be sending massive files regularly, it probably makes sense, but if you only send a video or two now and then, skip it as an option.

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4. File-transfer services

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This a solid go-to for many internet users, the most popular online service being WeTransfer, which you can use for free. While it will probably serve most of your needs, keep in mind that there's usually a size limitation in place, for example, 2GB in one transfer for the most popular service.

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5. Sharing from your cloud storage

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The last option is becoming more popular and for good reasons. It's easy to use, offers many options for sharing files and has many additional features, such as protecting files with passwords and encrypting them. Especially if you're already using cloud storage for other things (backing up your files for example), using this option is truly a no-brainer.

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Even the last point is easily dealt with >> you can get a FREE Koofr account with 2GB of storage space! Read more about other cool features Koofr offers!

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