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Gmail lets you receive 50MB files, but sending still limited to 25MB; here’s how it works

Gmail's new feature won't really benefit you.

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If Gmail is your primary email service, here is a big news for you. Google has doubled the size limit for attachments on the emails received, from 25MB to 50MB. Basically, although we already have Google Drive to share the big files, but with this update, users will now be able to at least receive attachments as big as 50MB. Although this is clear enough, but do not, the sending size limits remain limited at 25MB, which means you can still send files which are 25MB or less in size, however, you will be able to receive bigger attachments. Also Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePe

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Sending and receiving attachments is an important part of email exchanges. While Google Drive offers a convenient way to share files of any size, sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. So starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly, Google said in blog. Compared to its competitors, Gmail was still offering the highest receivable file size for attachments, when it was limited to 25MB. While Yahoo offers the same limit at 25MB, Outlook still permits only 20MB file attachments to be sent or received. Also Read - Facebook’s new name could be Meta or Horizon, or will it be called FB?

[UPDATE]: Gmail s new feature to accept 50MB attachments does sound really exciting but Google s short announcement doesn t address a lot of questions at the moment. How will anyone ever receive a file as big as 50MB if majority of users cannot actually send that big an attachment? Will a user be able to forward these 50MB mails, if not send a fresh mail? So here’s the catch! When BGR India spoke to Google, we found out the hidden catch behind this update. So basically, the increased attachment size limit is an update only for the GSuite customers. (Somehow, if you don’t know, GSuite is the set of intelligent apps that come with your Gmail, like Docs, Sheets, Calenders, etc.)

Essentially, a user can receive a larger 50MB file if someone sends it to them from Drive (sent via the share tool) or another storage tool. So, unless it’s shared via a storage tool, users still really can’t send anything from Gmail as an attachment that’s larger than 25MB. So now if you look back, it’s not such a big news.

But refraining from killing your buzz about this 50MB news, the update has already begun to rollout, however, according to Google, it will take about 3 days for the feature to become visible to everyone. Also, Google reminds its users that, despite the Gmail update, there still is the Google Drive, which people can freely use to both send and receive files as large as 5TB. “… just as before, you can use Google Drive to send larger attachments.” ALSO READ: Gmail to stop support for older Chrome browsers, Windows XP and Vista OS

Besides, just a few weeks ago, Google also pushed out a new update that prohibits users from attaching JavaScript files into their mails. Since the update, Gmail now blocks all the .js files from being uploaded and sent over mail. Although, to send or share .js files, users can still upload them on Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage or other storage solutions and then turn on sharing on that file.

Additionally, late last year, Google also updated the iOS app version of its email service with one of the best features of Gmail, which allows users undo sent messages. Gmail for iOS, version 5.0.3, now has the Undo Send feature just like the web version of Gmail, which allows users to prevent sending or immediately recalling emails if sent wrongfully. ALSO READ: Gmail iOS app updated with undo send feature; here s everything that is new

The story has been updated with Google’s responses.

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  • Published Date: March 2, 2017 3:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 2, 2017 6:01 PM IST



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