Google has just announced that people with Gmail accounts may now send files of up to 10 GB in size. This is a massive increase from the previous 25 MB file size limit. This increase is made possible because the company has now integrated Google Drive with Gmail. You will still get the usual file attachment icon at the bottom of the compose message screen however the Google Drive icon is also added which you will be using for sending large files.
To send files of up to 10 GB just click on the Google Drive icon which will provide you with different options. You can send files which are already on your Drive or you can send files which are still in your PC. If you opt for the latter option then the files will first be uploaded to your Drive.
When sending a file you can choose to have them shared with anyone who will have the link to your files or you can choose to restrict access to your recipient. The first option allows the files to be accessed by anyone without a Drive account while the second option is only possible if the recipient has a Drive account.
Google Drive is the company’s cloud based storage solution that provides everyone with 5 GB of free online storage. If you need more storage space then you can upgrade your account to a paid version. You can choose from 25 GB at $2.49/month, 100 GB at $4.99/month, 1 TB at $49.99/month and the maximum storage of 16 TB at $799.99/month.
There is a native app available which you can install on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.