How to solve the “my files are too big to email” problem
How many times have you tried to send an email and got THE error — your file’s exceeding the attachment limit.
Let’s be honest, email wasn’t really designed to cope with large files. It was designed to cope with messages. That’s why most email providers, like Gmail and Yahoo, have attachment restrictions. A 370 MB photo collection of your last party weekend is most certainly too large for sharing as an email attachment.
Your friends won’t be ecstatic over the 20 emails with vacation videos you sent them yesterday. Your clients won’t take you seriously if you spam them with 10 .zip-attached emails that have your work. It’s just not professional, provided you DO want to prove that your work is top notch.
So then, what do you do when your files are just too large to share?
It’s simple. You send Download links.
What is a Download link?
A Download link is man’s best friend… and probably the simplest way to share anything beyond 40 MB over the web. It is a unique link, which you can generate for your files in pCloud. You can then send over as a simple text message, as a social media post or via email. It works for any type of content:
- That 2 GB freelance project you have to send over before noon
- The new script for the promotional video you’re shooting today
- Those family videos, your grandma’s nagging to see
Download links are convenient because you can create them from your phone, from your laptop, and from the web. And most importantly, you don’t get size restrictions. You can send 200 GB worth of files, as long as you have the space on your pCloud account.
How can I send a Download link?
It’s super easy and the platform doesn’t really matter. Mark or tap on the files you want to share and select “Share Download link”.
Wait, wait, wait…how secure are Download links?
Sometimes you want to share something with one person, not the entire population of planet Earth. That’s when password protection comes in handy. You can easily protect your Download links with a password.
- Go to my.pcloud.com
- Mark the file you want to share and click on “Share Download Link”
- Click on the “Settings” tab in the pop-up window that appears
- Check the box next to “Password”
- Enter the password and hit “Save”
Your link will now be ready for (cautious) sharing.
Bonus: Track your Download links with detailed stats!
Convinced already that you need a Download link the next time you share large files? To top all this up, you can also track your Download links with detailed statistics. You’ll know which are your most popular Download links and how many times a particular Download link was used.
Want to start sharing with pCloud, but you’re new to the platform? Sign up for a free account and get up to 20 GB of free storage space for your favorite files.