How to Send Large Photos by Email over 25MB (Up to 15GB) Unlimitedly

You have to admit that email service is one of the greatest inventions in human communication. You can send emails to your friends, boss, colleague, business partner, even the stranger.

However, when you compose the messages well with massive photos attached and click the "Send" button; you may be frustrated by the pop-up message:

"The file you are trying to send exceeds the 25MB attachment limit."

It is quite sickening that you can enjoy all the free service, but you are staggered by the total 25MB file limit from Gmail.

Will you stop your email message sending by such limit?

Of course you will not, because you are here reading this post and working hard to seek for the solutions to send large photos via email.

Here, we gather the best 3 ways to help you send large images through email. The solutions are proven to be successful for 99.9% people, and hope it will work for you, too.

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Part 1. How to Send Large Photos via Email by Zip File

Every email service has its limited file size of the attachment file or the sum of all attached files and messages.

We made the survey that most of email service made the file size limit is 25MB, like Gmail, Yahoo, etc., Such email services as iCloud, Outlook made the file size not exceed 20MB. Still other email services, e.g. BlueMail, will not let you send emails up to 30MB.

All in all, the attachment file size is not 25MB mostly.

Email by Zip File

So if your photos are exceeding the limit a little, the most direct way you can follow to send the larger photos via email is zipping a folder with all the attached photos.

Select the large photos that you want to send via email > Right-click the files to select "Send to" > "Compressed (zipped) folder" from the drop-down menu.

Alternatively, you are able to put all the photos in one folder, and then right-click the folder name to select "Winzip" or other compression software > "Compress to "XXX.7z" and email" to input your email address to send the large compressed photos.


Generally speaking, the standard zip format provided approximately 62% compression.

However, it always comes to be different.

I get a folder with all the photos in 29.4MB. After making the zip compression, I get a zip file with 25.5MB, which is only about 14% compression rate.

For the file slightly larger, the zip compression is OK. However, for the far large photo files, you need to move the next solution.

Part 2. How to Send Large Images through Email by compressing Photos

Generally speaking, good quality always comes with large file size in photos. However, still some photos compression software could help you to get the smaller photos with not-bad quality.

Apeaksoft Free Online Image Compressor is the totally free software to compress JPEG or PNG files from MB to KB with keeping the best quality.

For sending lots of photos via email, you had better compress

Step 1

Upload images online

Go to visit the page, click "Add Images" to import one or more image files to this software. You are able to drag the photos you want to send through email. Then this software will upload and compress them automatically.

Want to upload HEIC files that want to compress? Just convert HEIC files to JPEG/PNG firstly.

Step 2

Download compressed images

After the compression is done, click "Download" button next to image to download the compressed photos.

Alternatively, you are able to download all the compressed pictures to your computer by clicking the "Download All" button at the bottom.

Online Image Compressor

Here, you could this free online image compression tool gets about 45% to 48% compression rate, which is more efficient than a zip file via sending large photos via email.

them to reduce the file size.

Get over 25MB, 100MB or more images that want to send via Gmail?

Google Drive will work in the next part.

Part 3. How to Send Large Photos via Google Drive with Gmail

Google Drive is the file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. User can get the first 15 GB of storage to store data.

Google Drive works well with Gmail, so that you could send large photos by inserting the files using Drive easily.

Firstly, you should upload the massive large images that you want to send, to Google Drive.

Step 1

Insert files using Drive

Click "Compose" button with your Gmail to create a new message. Click the "Insert files using Drive" option (the image like a triangle).

Step 2

Send large photos via Gmail with Google Drive

By default, you are entering to the "My Drive" tab. Select the folder where you uploaded large photos before and click "Insert" and then "Send" button to send the large photos with Gmail through Google Drive.

Note: Before you click the "Insert" button, there are 2 options on the right side, "Drive link" and "Attachment".

"Drive link" works for any files stored in Drive, including files created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms, while "Attachment" only works for files that weren't built using Docs, Sheets, or Slides. Here the option is chosen by default as "Drive link".

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Step 3

Open large photos with Google Drive

When the receiver gets the photos, it will display as a thumbnail.

Move the cursor over the image to open the photo attachments via the Google Drive of the receiver.

Open Large Photos

1. If you want to send some photos within the folder, just click the folder name and use Ctrl or Shift key to select the photos for sending. For sending large PDF files via email, this solution also works.

2. Not only online service, Google Drive also offers apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, which lets you send big photos by email on iPhone or Android via Google Drive.


Sending photos via email is very common in communication. However, limited by the maximum file size of 25MB, you will have to compress the large photos or use email service which supports large file sending. Zip compression can help you compress the whole folder in a slight small rate, while Free Online Image Compressor works better with a bigger image compression rate. Surely, if you have super large photos that need to send, Google Drive will work exactly.

Any good suggestion from you to send large photos via email?

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