Email - Sending Large Documents


Most email systems have a limit on the size of attachments which can be sent or received by email. However there are ways of sending large files using email which do not involve the file actually being physically embedded in the email itself but rather being stored in the cloud outside the email but in such a way that it is accessible from, and associated with, the email.

One way of sending large files in this way is to use Zip and Gmail (the procedure is explained in more detail below). The advantage of using Zip and Gmail is that the documents sent are permanently stored (in Google Drive) and permanently accessible from within the email which you have sent (both from your stored copy of the email and from the copy of the email stored by the recipient) so that there is a pemanent record of exactly what was sent with the email.     

If you do not have a Gmail account it is easy to create one. Alternatively you could instead use Filemail but the drawback with Filemail that although it transmits files perfectly satisfactory, the recipient has a limited time to download the files once sent and, after that time, the files are no longer accessible from the Filemail link. 

Sending large files using ZIP and Gmail

1. Create a zip file containing all the documents you wish to send.

Note A: using the above procedure results in the zip file being stored directly under My Drive in your Google Drive. If you do not want the zip file to remain there (because you like to keep things tidy in folders) you can create a folder under My Drive named e.g. Files Sent to Other Side and move the zip file into that folder. If you do this the zip file should still be accessible from within the email which you have sent (both from your stored copy of the email and from the copy of the email stored by the recipient) even though the zip file it refers to has been moved into a folder under My Drive.    

Note B: using Gmail/Google Drive results in your documents being stored on servers outside the United Kingdom which may not be subject to the same standards of data protection as apply within the United Kingdom.


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This page was lasted updated in August 2018Disclaimer