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6 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Share Large Files for Free

Despite the fact that we live in the Digital Age, there still might come an occasion when you get stumped trying to quickly send a big file (like a long video or hundred-page PDF). There’s a plethora of file-sharing options you can use for free right now. But how do you know which one is right for you? Have no fear! Here’s handy list of free file-sharing tools you can use to share large files in no time.

1. Share Large Files using FTP

Biggest Win: Open-source
Storage Limit: Varies
Ideal for: Business use

File Transfer Protocols, or FTPs for short, have been used for many years to share big files between coworkers. FileZilla is the most popular FTP program and requires you to download the software application on your computer. If you’re new to using FTPs, the interface can be a bit intimidating. But because FileZilla is open-source, there’s plenty of support documentation out there. If you aren’t worried about security or privacy, using an FTP to send files to your colleagues will suffice.

2. Share Large Files using ShareFile

Biggest Win: Secure file sharing with bank-level encryption
Storage Limit: Unlimited
Ideal for: Business use

To securely share large files up to 100GB with your team or clients, ShareFile has you covered. You don’t have to download any bulky software on your computer to send files, and neither does your recipient. Instead, you can either email the file within the web app or grab a link to share. This makes collaboration seamless. Plus, with ShareFile, you get a lot more than just file sharing. You can store an unlimited amount of data in the cloud so you can access your files from anywhere. Check it out for 30 days for free (seriously, you don’t even need to enter your credit card information!) and start sending files right away.

3. Share Large Files using a USB Drive

Biggest Win: You can express your personal style
Storage Limit: Up to 256GB
Ideal for: Students; personal use

Storage capacity on a USB drive is typically anywhere between 8GB and 256GB, so it’s pretty easy to send large files by carrying one of these around on your keychain. Pop one into your laptop, drag the file onto your USB drive folder and you’re good to go. They come in all kinds of funky shapes (share files via sushi!) for a personalized touch, but are subject to physical damage, theft, and of course getting lost!

4. Share Large Files using Email

Biggest Win: Requires no set-up
Storage Limit: 25MB
Ideal for: Personal use

Just by using your email provider, you can share large files. For example, Gmail allows users to send files up to 25MB. If your attachments exceed 25MB, Gmail will automatically add the file(s) to Google Drive and a link is placed in the body of the email in lieu of an attachment. Since the free version of Google Drive has a 5GB storage limit, you may want to delete the files after they are added to Google Drive. But don’t worry, your recipient will still be able to download the files even after they’re deleted.

5. Share Large Files using Google Drive

Biggest Win: Easy to set up if you already have a Google account
Storage Limit: 5GB (can pay for more)
Ideal for: Students; personal use

If you have a Google account of any kind (Gmail, YouTube, etc…) or have an Android mobile device, you already have a Google Drive account. From there, you can send big files by selecting the documents within the folder and clicking the share icon. You can choose to send them to specific people or get a shareable link.

6. Share Large Files using iCloud Drive

Biggest Win: Easy for Apple users to share files among each other
Storage Limit: 25MB
Ideal for: Personal use

iCloud makes it easy to share big files between Apple users. If you have an iPhone or Mac, you already have an iCloud Drive with 5GB of storage. If the person you’re trying to send the big file to doesn’t use iCloud, you can still send the file via email or other extension. However, not all extensions support all file types.

While there are many free options to easily share large files, remember that keeping your files secured and protected is critical for your business.