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Need to send a large file? Make it painless with Dropbox


Published on May 11, 2015

Whether you’re at home or at work, sending a file to someone else is normally a simple task. But what happens when you need to send a large file?

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Say you want to share a vacation video with family members, or you need to send a report – with lots of graphics — to a client.

The process for sending the file usually goes something like this: you find the file on your computer, zip it, attach it to an email, wait for it to upload, and then wait for your email message to go through. If you’re lucky, the file will get to the other person (eventually). If not, you’ll get an error message saying your file is too big.

Fortunately, there’s an easier and faster way to send large files. With Dropbox, you can send any file — no matter its size or file type — to anyone. All you have to do is use a shared link, which you can create in one click for any file in your Dropbox.

Once you have the link, you can copy and paste it in an email, chat, or text. People who receive the link will be able to view or download a copy of your file. They don’t even need to have a Dropbox account.

The best part? If you need to update the file you’ve shared, just save your changes to Dropbox. Anyone who visits your shared link will automatically get the latest version. There’s no need to email new versions every time you make an update.

And remember, when you send a file via a Dropbox link, recipients won’t be able to edit or delete it. What if you want to stop sharing your file? Unlike email, you can remove a link with just one click at any time. This way, you can stay in control of what you share with other people.

Got a large file to send? Create a shared link. (If you need help, check out our post on how to share a Dropbox link.)

See how Dropbox Plus lets you share even bigger files