Hello and welcome to this latest video from Cloudwards.net. Today, we’re going to be talking about the best and easiest ways to send large files online. Before we get to that, though, let me remind you to hit the thumbs up if you liked this video and to give that bell a ring if you’d like to be notified any time we put up a new one. Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Sending files over the internet is pretty much one of the easiest things you can do, as long as the files are small, say twenty megabytes or less. Just add them as an attachment to an email and you’re done. If they’re bigger than twenty or twenty-five megs, though, you’re going to run in some difficulties, and to avoid any frustration we’ve put together this guide to help you out. Before we go on, let me just point out that if you have trouble with any of our instructions or just want a bit more detail, I’ve linked our full, written guide in the description below. I’ve also linked to the reviews of all services we talk about here, so if watching me talk isn’t your thing, you know where to go.
Getting around the twenty-five meg cap most email providers put up isn’t possible, so you’re going to have to use a different way to send that video file to your mom or that hundred-page PDF to your boss. As messing with USB sticks is just sooo last decade, we prefer to use the cloud for this kind of thing, which kind of explains the name of our site.
There are several ways to send large files over the internet, but in this video we’ll go over the three best ones, simply to save time. The first is the easiest, as long as you use Gmail. Simply go into the message you want to send, but instead of clicking the paperclip icon, which is what you’d use for standard attachments, click the Drive icon instead. This will call up an overview of your drive folder, from where you can choose which file to upload. Simple as that.
If you don’t use Gmail, or don’t like using Google Drive, you can go for another cloud storage service. This has as upside that they’re generally a bit more secure. Our three favorites for sending large files are pCloud, Sync.com and Tresorit, with the first two being best for casual users as they offer decently sized free plans. Sync lets you have five gigs for free, while pCloud gives you up to ten, but keep in mind that there are extra steps involved to unlock all 10GB.
All three are pretty easy to use, but for this example I’ll use pCloud as it’s just that tiny bit simpler han the other two. What you do is use the link in the description box below to sign up, then, once all that is done, go to the main interface. Here we’re using the web client, but the desktop and mobile apps work much in the same way. Drag the files from your desktop to the main nterface, and wait for them to upload. We’re using a relatively small file for this example, so your upload might take a bit longer. Then, select the file and hit he “share” button to the right. You’ll get a dropdown menu and in this case we’ll pretend like our recipient doesn’t have a pCloud account, so we just pick “share download link.” Enter their email address in the field, and hit “share” again and that’s it. They’ll be able to simply download the link whenever they feel like and your job is done here. Our last option is even easier, though it comes with the downside of capping you at two gigs per transfer and it’s a bit slow, too. It’s a service called WeTransfer, which fifteen years ago was pretty much your only option if you wanted to send a large file. How it works is simple: just go to the site, agree to the terms of service, then click the plus sign to attach a file. Enter your own email as well as your recipient’s, add a message if you want, and wait for it to upload. Once it’s done, you’ll both get a confirmation email. The link is good for one week, so hopefully your friend or family member checks their email often. That’s it for our easy options. In the article we discuss a few more complicated ones that will allow for lossless transfer and the like, so make sure to check that out if that’s what you’re looking for. We hope this video helped you out and, if it did, that you like it and subscribe to our channel. Thanks for watching, and good luck sending large files!