How to send large files
Larger files can be hard to transfer using common methods like email or private messenger. Many of these services impose a strict file size limit or will prevent you from sending multiple files at once, making the process more laborious. Leaving aside email or messenger attachments, here are some good options for sending a large file.
- File transfer services. One option is to use a file transfer service like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, WeTransfer, or the NordLocker cloud storage site. These platforms allow you to upload files for another user to download. Some services, like WeTransfer, generate a download link that is sent via email, while others (Google Drive and Dropbox, for example), store the files in the cloud where they can be viewed and retrieved by another user. Useful as these services are, however, most put limits on how many files you can send, or how large those files are, and you will have to pay to bypass such restrictions.
- File compression. You can use online services like WinZip or 7-Zip to compress files, making them smaller and therefore easier to transfer. However, some of these services charge, and compression can sometimes result in lower quality files being sent. If you want to share video files or high-definition photos, file compression might not be the best option. If you are using this option, make sure to protect zip files with a strong password.
- File transfer protocols. File transfer protocols like FTP or SFTP allow you to share large files online. This method does require some technical expertise, however, and is not going to be an easy option for most internet users.
- Peer-to-peer file sharing. Peer-to-peer file sharing services can be used to transfer large files to other users on a network. However, this is not always the fastest process.
How to send large files for free
Many file sharing services will let you use a free account, though you may be asked to upgrade to a premium version for a better service. Here are some of the best free services that will let you transfer files.
- WeTransfer allows you to send up to 2GB at once for free. You don’t even need to create an account. The service generates a download link and sends it to the receiver’s email. It is relatively fast, but won’t work if you’re looking to upload large files that surpass the 2GB limit.
- NordLocker is a cloud storage provider service that offers up to 3GB of free space and protects uploaded files with powerful encryption. If the materials you’re sharing are sensitive in any way, this is an excellent choice. Provided the recipient also has a NordLocker account, they will be able to download their files using the shared link. NordLocker is also just a good option for general online storage, and using it to protect your data can boost your overall cyber hygiene.
- DropBox is another cloud storage service that allows for easy file transfers. Users upload files which are then stored on the site, ready to be downloaded by another user (with permission from the uploading user, of course). Like WeTransfer, however, DropBox’s free version will not let you upload more than 2GB.
As you can see, most sites that allow you to send files for free have their limitations. One exception is Meshnet, which allows for free unlimited file transfer.
Meshnet: A new way to send large files for free
Meshnet is a free tool that lets you connect your device with other Meshnet users. To use this service, you just need to download the NordVPN app and enable Meshnet. Remember, it’s free, so you do not need to pay for a NordVPN subscription to use it.
Once you have the feature enabled, just follow our guide on how to send and receive files over Meshnet. You’ll be able to share files of any size, provided the person you’re sharing them with also has Meshnet set up on their device.
Meshnet doesn’t require you to upload or download files. The material you’re transferring just appears, ready to view, on the recipient’s device, provided they accept the transfer. Files are not compressed and quality is not reduced. Best of all, the files travel along encrypted tunnels, protecting them from prying eyes and hackers.
Download the NordVPN app today and enjoy free file sharing with Meshnet!