Gmail is one of the most popular email services available today, offering free and reliable communication for millions of users worldwide. However, one limitation that Gmail users often encounter is the file size limit when sending attachments. While Gmail allows users to attach files up to 25MB in size, larger files often need to be compressed or uploaded to cloud storage services.

Fortunately, there are a few methods you can employ to bypass the Gmail file size limit and send large attachments without any hassle. In this article, we'll explore some of these methods to help you send larger files with ease.

Method 1: Using Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service offered by Google, integrated with Gmail. It allows users to store files and access them from any device with an internet connection. One way to bypass the Gmail file size limit is to upload the file to Google Drive and share the link with the recipient through Gmail.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Gmail account.
  2. Click on "Compose" to start a new email.
  3. Click on "Google Drive" icon (triangle with a drive symbol) on the bottom toolbar.
  4. Select the file you want to attach from your Google Drive.
  5. Click on "Insert as Drive link."
  6. Click on "Send" to send the email with the file link.

By doing this, you can send large files up to 15GB (the maximum file size limit for Google Drive) without worrying about the Gmail file size limitation.

Method 2: Compressing Files

If you prefer to send the actual file instead of sharing a link, you can compress the file to reduce its size. Compressing files involves reducing their file size using compression algorithms, which can significantly decrease the size of large attachments.

There are various file compression tools available, both online and offline. Some popular options include:

  • WinRAR (Windows)
  • 7-Zip (Windows)
  • StuffIt Expander (Mac)
  • The Unarchiver (Mac)

Once you have compressed the file, you can attach it to an email in Gmail as you would with any other file. Keep in mind that the recipient will need to extract the compressed file to access its contents.

Method 3: Using File Transfer Services

If you don't want to rely on Google Drive or compressing files, another option is to use file transfer services specifically designed for sending large attachments. There are several reliable services available, such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, or SendTransfer, which allow you to upload large files and share them with recipients through email.

To use these services, follow these general steps:

  1. Visit the file transfer service website (e.g.,
  2. Click on the "Upload" button and select the file you want to send.
  3. Enter the recipient's email address.
  4. Click on "Send" or a similar button to initiate the file transfer.
  5. The recipient will receive an email with a download link to access the file.

These services are convenient for sending large files quickly and securely, especially when the file size exceeds the Gmail attachment limit.


While the Gmail file size limit can be frustrating, there are several ways to bypass this limitation and send large attachments without any hassle. By utilizing Google Drive, compressing files, or using file transfer services, you can easily send files that exceed the Gmail attachment limit.

Remember to choose the method that suits your needs and the recipient's preferences. Whether you prefer sending a file link, a compressed file, or using a file transfer service, these methods will help you overcome the Gmail file size limit and ensure your large attachments reach their intended recipients.