Gmail Message and Attachment Size Limitations

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Send large files via Gmail with Google Drive

Like most email providers, Gmail limits the size of messages and file attachments you can send and receive. Learn about Gmail attachment limits and how to get around them to send large files using Google Drive.

The instructions in this article apply to the web versions of Yahoo Mail and the Yahoo Mail mobile app for iOS and Android.

Gmail Message and Attachment Size Limitations

Gmail processes messages up to 25 MB in size. This limit applies to the sum of the message body and the encrypted attachment. Encoding slightly increases the file size, so if you have a file that is exactly 25MB in size, it won’t go through.

Attempting to send messages larger than 25 MB from Gmail will result in an error. Messages that exceed your Gmail account limit will be bounced back to the sender.

You can attach any type of file, but the size limit does not include most video and audio formats, as well as large PDF documents containing hundreds of images. However, there are options for sending large files through Gmail.

Send and receive large files with Gmail

The easiest way to get around the message size limit is built into Gmail. You can send files using Google Drive when composing a message:

  1. Choose an icon Insert files with disk on the bottom toolbar (it looks like a triangle).

  2. Select tab To download .

    If the file you want to share is already in your Google Drive, you can select the file on this screen and then: Insert in the lower left corner.

  3. Click Select files on your device and select the files you want to share, or drag and drop files into the window.

  4. Make sure that in the lower right corner of the window is selected Link to disk (Near Paste as ).

  5. Select To download .

  6. Finish creating your message and select send .

  7. Select again send if you are prompted to grant access to the file.

The recipient will receive a link to download the file or view it in their browser.

Alternatively, you can split the file into smaller chunks or use a file sharing service.

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