Mail Drop

One of the many new features in Yosemite is Mail Drop in Apple Mail. It is a simple feature for sending large file attachments on emails, but will be very helpful to people. I did a few tests and it functioned flawlessly.


All I did was open the Mail app in Yosemite, attach a large file and send it to my wife. Make no mistake, sending large files like this is time consuming depending on your network speeds. The file has to be uploaded to iCloud, then downloaded on the other end. Needless to say, this only works with iCloud Drive turned on in Yosemite (see my previous article).

Here is what the email looks like after it is delivered on the other end with my wife’s email address blocked out:


When you click on the link to download the file you are taken to a Safari download screen like this:


The file is saved into the default folder that you have setup for Safari, in my case the Downloads Folder. The file I sent was to my wife’s Yahoo email account and was 35MB in size. The email attachment size limit for Yahoo is 25 MB, so Yosemite Mail used Mail Drop to complete the transaction. It all worked quite well even though it took a while for it to complete.

Even though Mail Drop is not a big feature, it appears to be good to go. I believe it will be a quite useful Yosemite addition.

Doug