Large Email Attachments

The other day my wife needed to provide a large file to another person. She was going to use a USB Flash Drive. I showed her how to use the Mail Drop feature in the Apple Mail App. She got a real kick out of that, it saved here a bunch of time. Sending large attachments via email used to be a pain, but most major email Apps have some type of feature that facilitates sending large attachments.

Apple Mail App

The Apple Mail App has had the Mail Drop feature for quite a while now. It has to be turned on in the Accounts App Settings:

Mail Drop Settings
Mail Drop Settings

If you are using some type of iCloud email account, all you have to do is drag the large file into the email composition window. When you click “Send” the large attached file is uploaded to iCloud (somewhere). The other party receives the email with a download link:

Mail Drop Download Link
Mail Drop Download Link

When the person clicks on that link they are taken to the Mail Drop window in a web browser:

Mail Drop Window
Mail Drop Window

The file downloads automatically.

Airmail App

The excellent Airmail App has a way of dealing with large attachments as well. If you are not an Apple Mail App user and prefer an App like Airmail, you are good to go. In the Airmail “Compose” window, click on the Attachment icon:

Airmail Cloud
Airmail Cloud

Choose “iCloud” in the drop down menu. When you do, an open document dialog appears. When you select the large file, Airmail places a link in your email and proceeds to upload the document:

Airmail File Upload
Airmail File Upload

When it has completed the upload you can send the email. The other person will receive an email with a link in it:

File Link
File Link

When you click on the link it goes to the Mail Drop page and downloads. However, you can setup other cloud services in Airmail if you do not prefer iCloud. You have to link the account like Dropbox or One Drive in the Settings area:

Dropbox Connection
Dropbox Connection

Then you can drop a large file into an email from your Dropbox folder for example and Airmail will send a link for the download.

Postbox

Postbox is yet another email App that has a large document feature. You have to go into the Settings area and click on the Attachments Tab:

Postbox Attachments
Postbox Attachments

You add a service like Dropbox. Then, from the Dropbox folder on your Mac you drag a file into the “Text” area of the email, not the “Attachments” area. If you drag the file into the “Text” area from the Dropbox folder, Postbox creates a link for download:

Postbox File Link
Postbox File Link

You click on the link and the file downloads from the service you have setup in Postbox.

Conclusion

I am sure most other email Apps have some type of large file attachment feature. It really is handy to send large files instead of using a USB stick or something like that. Just look around in the App, there will be some Settings for this somewhere.