So you can send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services

So you can send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services

Apple has update, a clever option in its 2014’s Mac operating system, the Mail app dealing with large files. Many E-Mail servers limit the file attachment size to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of MB. This is, in part, to prevent spam and harassment, which could clog an E-mail server or an E-Mail account by a user on their quotas.

But it is only for pure efficiency. E-Mail is a terrible way to send large files.

For an iCloud account, you can choose, check the “Send large attachments with Mail Drop” box in the Mail > settings – > accounts in the iCloud account the Account information tab. Apple has never defined how large “large” is, presumably so it can vary the amount over time or based on factors for the individual recipient of the E-mail servers.

Based on reader E-Mail, it is not clear that Mail Drop works only with iCloud accounts. You are trying to send a large attachment, and said that the receiving server refused it, and E-Mail fails, try again. (Why? You would get the same result.)

It is also quite easy in the Mail app, if you have multiple accounts configured to compose and send a message from a different address than you thought. Can you confirm which account is used, by viewing or clicking on the address in the “From:” popup menu in the message that you have created.

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iCloud drive allows you to create a share link.

you have several alternatives to Mail Drop, including the use of iCloud Drive storage. Almost all of the online storage and sync systems allows you to charge or sync a file and then create a shareable link from it, sometimes with an attached deadline. Then, instead of attaching a file to your E-Mail, just add a link in the body of the message to use for anyone.


  • With iCloud drive, select a file or a folder, click the Parts icon in the toolbar, and then select Adding. You can Copy, click on the “Link” , and expand sharing options, from which you can select, such as “Who has access to” “all with the link.” You can also change the permission to “View only.”

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  • With Dropbox, Control-click on a file or folder and select Copy “” Dropbox Link.

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  • With Google Drive, the instructions are still a couple of steps and require a visit to via a browser. Follow these steps.

This Mac 911 article, the answer to a question that was submitted from Macworld reader Janet.

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Released on Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000

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