Email platforms usually don’t have the capacity to send or receive large files (usually limited to 10 mb). If you’ve ever needed to quickly transfer a large file to a freelancer or client, you’ve had to deal with this issue.
Dropbox? Nah, you have to log in. FTP? Nope, too complicated. So, what’s the best way to send that huge file?
In this post, I’ll recommend a free tool to send giant files and offer some best practices for doing so.
Meet WeTransfer. This online file-transferring platform allows you to send files up to 2 gigabytes for free. If you need to send very large files on a regular basis, WeTransfer Plus allows you to send files up to 10 gigabytes.
There are two types of transfers: email and link transfers.
To send an email transfer, just go to www.wetransfer.com and add the files you want to transfer. Enter the email address of the person you’re transferring the file to as well as your email address and a brief message. You and the person you’re transferring the file to will receive email notifications. As the sender, you will also receive an upload notification as well as a notification when the file has been downloaded.
Sending files via a link transfer will not inform you when someone downloads your transfer; you will need to share the download link with the appropriate recipient(s). A link transfer is especially helpful when you want to share the link with several people via a social media post, newsletter, or private email.
To choose the transfer mode, simply click on the “Share” button at the bottom of the dialog box and select the mode you want to use for your transfer.
WeTransfer is Super Cool
So, let’s recap the benefits of using WeTransfer:
- No log in or user account required
- Secure and fast
- Doesn’t consume untold bandwidth during upload or download
- Easy to use
- Multiple options for sharing information
Check out this great free tool next time you need to share a large file quickly and easily.