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Gmail will now accept 50MB attachments

by Eric Frederiksen | March 2, 2017March 2, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

There are a million ways to send big files these days, but sometimes you get stuck using email. If you’re on Gmail, those situations are now a little less painful.

Google announced today via its blog that Gmail addresses will now be able to accept attachments up to 50MB in size, doubling the previous limit of 25MB.

There is a limitation here, though. Gmail users can still only send files up to 25MB in size. Google recommends using its Drive service for that.

Please don’t email huge attachments

There’s no way around it. As popular as Gmail is, there are still millions of people on other email services like Outlook and Yahoo, using email addresses provided by their businesses, or by their service providers.

If you can, you should still use something else. Google Drive, any of the countless file-sharing services out there, or even a carrier pigeon with a USB drive tied to its foot. But when coolgrandma1945@comcast.net wants to send you a photo of a gif she printed out, sometimes it’s just easier to let her email it.

And now you won’t have to explain why all the photos of your nephew bounced and walk her through sending them in separate emails.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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