This post covers the following topics:
- What can we call a Large File?
- Popular ways of sharing files
- Limitations of the popular ways
- Options to overcome the limitations
File sharing is not new to most of online users, it had been a practice that started right from the launching of software technology itself. However, the practice had been on steady improvements to its modern level. There are many options available currently when it comes to file sharing and those options were possible as a result of the steady improvements and developments on software technology. The size of file we can share also depended on those improvements. Currently there are many options available for file sharing and they equally have their limits. Besides, others equally exist to overcome the limits of others. This post will be discussing all you need to know about all these topics and provide solution for your large file transfer.
What we can call a Large File
Imagine making a video record of your group meeting and you want to send it to your Boss as a report. Perhaps the total file size of the record is about 50mb or more. The conventional or popular ways of sharing files may not support that size of file. Small files can be shared on popular platforms such as Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Gmail, Yahoo, and lots more. Such files don’t exceed 20mb some of the platform mentioned can’t allow files that are up to 15mb size. Based on these, we can technically say that large files are those with higher megabits ranging from 26mb and above. To transfer files ranging from 25mb upwards you may need a different platform that can support it, hence files in these category can be referred to large files.
Popular ways of sharing files
In this modern age, file sharing has become a routine activity not restricted to organisations alone, individuals can now share pictures, audio records, and video clips with friends. This activity seems to dominate most activities taking place in social media platforms and some messaging apps. Therefore, the popular social media platforms and the messaging applications have automatically become major ways of file sharing alongside the email platforms which had been as old as the internet itself.
In terms of popularity, Facebook, Yahoo mail, Gmail, and WhatsApp seem to take the lead other platform file sharing size s relatively low such as attachment of document less than 1mb or little higher.
Limitations of the popular ways
The popular file sharing platforms mentioned earlier have individual file sharing limits and will not allow you share certain sizes of file depending on the platform you want to use. For instance, Facebook will not allow you to upload a file that is up to 25mb this simply means you can share such file on the Facebook platform, hence you need to look for somewhere else to share such file with your friend/friends.
The same limit is available on the yahoo mail platform. Yahoo will not allow you to upload any file higher than 25mb as an attachment to any email you want to send. This automatically limits your sharing ability using yahoo email sending platform.
The next popular file sharing platform is the Gmail, meanwhile, Gmail still placed a restriction to the size of file you can upload. When sending any file higher than 25mb as email attachment using Gmail they action will be declined because only files lesser than 25mb are allowed as email attachment on the gmail platform.
The next popular file sharing platform is WhatsApp. Though a messenger app, Whatsapp has become a common name among smartphone users and appear to be the most used massaging app that had been for years now though others had been springing up and going down in terms of popularity. However, this popular only allows you to share files that are within 16mb.
The same limits had been placed in other popular file sharing platforms which is why this post will be very useful in helping you find a better option to send your large files.
Options To Overcome The Limitations
You are here because you are looking for ways to send or share your large file with someone, if that is correct, then you are in the right place and you are also reading the right article.
Though most large file sharing platforms are not popular like the ones you know for small files sharing. Good number of them exist and are quite easy to use than you may think. You do not need to be an expert in software to know how to handle or use those platforms.
Here are list of platforms you should consider as options for your large files transfer/sharing:
Dropbox is coming on my number one list because it offers almost an unlimited option when it comes to file uploads and sharing. For a single sign up you will get about 50GB of of storage space quota in your account and this appears to be the limit of space you can use. It implies that you can only use file below 50GB in the account. Up[loading and sharing of files in your DropBox account shouldn’t exceed that limit, of course it will not be literally possible to make audio or video coverage that can take up to that space, which means you have an almost unlimited file sharing space. You still have option of deleting files uploaded to free storage space for your account.
Telegram comes in my second list because of its popularity and ability to beat WhatsApp file size upload limits. Telegram’s 1.5GB file transfer limit put it far ahead of other messengers when it comes to file sharing. While WhatsApp may offer up to 100MB file size limit, Telegram can offer as large as 1.5GB. This advantage placed Telegram ahead in my list.
Signal comes into my next list based on its storage Management. To achieve a particular file size upload all you need is to adjust your conversation length limit option and make delete for previous or unnecessary files to gain more space for your account.
FireBox Send is a product of the popular FireFox team, the real owners of Firefox browser. The official website is https://www.box.com there you can upload and send large file sizes up to 250MB and 32MB for specific accounts. It is another good option when you have moderate large file that need to be shared or uploaded.
This is a file sharing App that is unique in its way. It does not really store your file on any central server for the user to download rather Tor Browser is used for the file transfer. All the both users need to do is to open the Tor Browsers then an encrypted connection will be created, in that instance the file leaves your computer to the receiver computer. In that case, there is no really any file size limit.
WeTransfer is another big name when it comes to large file size transfer. It is fast, easy to use, the downloading and uploading speed makes it a better choice of many users. The free option of WeTransfer allows the file transfer of up to 2GB this limit is for those that did not register for an account. For a registered account you can lots more with WeTransfer.
Though RiseUp does not offer huge file size limit, but its 50MB file upload and sharing limit still placed it among the alternatives for large files. With little features, it offers more stable and reliable file sharing system. It is simple and easy to use. On RiseUp all you need is to drag the file to the window and an encrypted link will be generated, the link active duration is 7 days and that is the link the receiver will use to download the file. The receiver equally have the option of deleting the file after after download.
The above option shows you have alternatives when yu need to send large files to someone. In case you run into trouble while trying to access any of these platform you can drop a comment on this post.