Sending large files online is a hassle we avoid at all costs. It’s not just the size of the large file but also that most recipients do not enjoy being idle while it downloads. They might simply hang up on you if they have to register an account or wait for an uncertain amount of time.
It is worthwhile to reduce everyone’s stress by going for the easiest and fastest modes to send large files online. Here are a few of them.
Volafile is a file transfer solution that kills many birds with one stone. If you have to send large files to multiple recipients at a moment’s notice, look no further.
To begin, simply create a new Volafile chatroom which will take less than two seconds!
Next, send the chatroom link to multiple recipients. Like the sender, they don’t need to create any accounts.
Volafile gives the precise time it takes for a heavy file to upload at the sender’s end. Depending on the file upload status, you, as sender, can choose when to invite your recipients to join the chatroom.
As a file-agnostic solution, Volafile does not limit the types of files you are allowed to share. Whether it’s a Git file, .exe program or anything unusual, you will never get any error messages. Additionally, you can switch roles with the “recipients” anytime, and they can choose to be the “senders.”
Whether it’s an image, a video or a PDF/Word file, all recipients can simultaneously enjoy a live preview.
With a whopping 5 GB file size limit, there is no reason why Volafile shouldn’t be your number-one file-sharing option. This web software is the most versatile yet relatively unknown. If you can keep your Volafile chatroom active for seven days, you will be sent a Volafile Pro link which it claims, increases your download speed by 1429%. You might consider a donation but they won’t send you any frequent reminders.
2. pCloud Transfer
If your prefer transferring your files through a direct upload link, one of the relatively unknown but great options is pCloud Transfer which allows up to 5 GB file transfer without any registration. This is 100% free and more than enough for most people.
Uploading the files is a real breeze. Similar to Volafile, pCloud Transfer is file-agnostic and you can upload any file type without errors. To ensure anonymity, you can choose any fictional email address in the “form field” which is excellent if you don’t require a confirmation receipt. Speak in “codes” if you must.
pCloud Transfer also allows you to encrypt the files so that the receiver can only view it with a password.
With a 5 GB any size limit, and unlimited transfer capabilities, you really don’t have to look elsewhere.
One of the snappiest ways for frequent file transfers is to install a client on your recipient’s computer and arrange a peer-to-peer transfer. AeroAdmin is a free remote desktop software which neatly does this job. A simple download from the website is followed by a screen that allows you to establish a communication with a remote client.
You will have to ask the recipient to download AeroAdmin at their end. It is only 2.3 MB and in less than a minute you should be able to acquire their client remote ID. Simply enter this ID at your end and click “connect.”
The client can control the privileges that the remote admin will have over their PC. The “remote control” mode allows a total control of the PC while the “file manager” only allows a limited control which should be sufficient for file transfer. At any time, the client can choose to terminate their engagement with the remote admin.
Once the session starts, transferring any files remotely is a breeze. There are no size limits with AeroAdmin.
4. Send Anywhere
Send Anywhere allows users to send large files in a variety of different ways, including your browser, mobile and desktop apps, and plugins for browsers and email clients.
If you can’t be bothered downloading or installing anything, you can still use the Send Anywhere website. The website allows users to send a file up to 10GB without registering or signing up. Just pop in your email address and the address of your recipient and hit “Send.”
If you opt to install the Chrome extension or Outlook plugin, the file size limit is bumped up to 10GB. The mobile apps for Android and iOS increases it even more to 20GB. Additionally, if you install the Send Anywhere app on Windows or macOS, the size limit increases to a whopping 1TB.
5. Firefox Send
Mozilla’s approach to file sharing is akin to the self-destructing tapes of the Mission Impossible series. Firefox Send is a web-based tool allowing users to upload a file up to 1GB in size (2.5GB for logged in users) to the Mozilla servers. The file is then encrypted, and a one-time link for sharing is generated. Users can then simply and send the link to the person they want to share the file with them. Once the person downloads the file, it is automatically deleted. This ensures that shared stuff does not remain online forever.
MediaFire has been at the forefront of cloud-based storage for more than a decade. While it does require the creation of an account, you get 10GB of storage space right off the bat. You can easily increase your storage by linking your social media accounts and referring friends. To share files, you can generate links to your uploaded content.
MediaFire also has a Premium version which starts at $3.75/month and eliminates the obtrusive ads and annoying Captchas of the free version. In addition, the paid option gives users 1TB of space, ups the individual file size limit to 20GB, and gives the option of generating one-time download links, similar to Firefox Send.
MailBigFile operates on a freemium model with four tiers of their service available to users. The free version allows users to upload multiple files (5 max) up to 2GB in size via the web-based interface. Those files are then available to download for ten days.
The Pro account ups the file size limit to 4GB and makes the files available to download for twenty-eight days for $29/year. The Business Lite account makes files available for thirty days and bumps the file size limit to 5GB at $120/year. Finally, the Business account allows files up to 20GB and makes them available for sixty days at $240/year.
WeTransfer is an extremely user-friendly file sharing service. The web-based interface is simple to use and walks you through the upload process step by step. The free version allows you to send up to 2GB to up to twenty different recipients, with your files being available to download for seven days. For $12/month or $120/year, you can opt for WeTransfer premium. This increases the file size limit to 20GB and also gives you 100GB of cloud storage.
This is a file-sharing service with multiple plans catering to the needs of both individuals and businesses. With the DropSend free plan, you get a 4GB maximum file size limit and five transfers per month.
However, you can try the standard plan for $9/month that will increase the file size limit to 8GB with forty-five transfers per month and many additional features. Their business plan for $99/month offers unlimited transfers with an 8GB file size limit and all features unlocked with maximum file transfer speed.