File size limits for email attachments can be frustrating. Most internet service providers, like EarthLink, and web email services, like Gmail, have size limits around 10 or 25MB. The limit is the total file size of your message and its attachments, so it can be frustrating to have to stay within this limit. So here’s how to deal with it:
Make them Smaller
Windows Photo Viewer (PC) and iPhoto (Mac) often let you choose small, medium, or large versions of pictures to email. Unless the recipient is going to want to print these photos and frame them, small or medium sizes work just fine.
You can always email a group of photos individually, but make sure this is okay with the recipient (someone might be caught off-guard getting multiple emails from you), and that they know how many photos you’ll be sending (so they don’t keep checking or wonder if they missed any).
If you’re sending many photos, you can “ZIP” them. Put them in a folder and compress the folder (this can be as easy as right clicking on the folder and selecting “compress to ZIP”). Then attach the new ZIP folder, and the recipient will be able to “unzip” it and see the photos once they download the attachment.
File Share or Use Social Media
If you’re sending files too big or too numerous, it may be good to skip email attachments all together. There are several free, easy-to-use file sending services that can accommodate much larger file limits. Dropbox is an easy way to create a folder and ivite others to view it online. It’s free up to 2GB, and the individual size of your files doesn’t matter!