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How to transfer large email attachments with WeTransfer (updated)

Hey everyone, If you are reading this there’s a more recent article over at with a lot more of an in depth look at other alternatives for large email attachments. Click here to go and have a look. Feel free to keep reading but they also do cover this in their article too!



A lot of email providers now are getting pretty up tight with how they receive their email attachments and this is a easy and quick way to get past those pesky email bounces. With the help of We Transfer we can get those attachments send off without any problems.

Now how does this work exactly? Well its pretty simple, instead of you sending your email attachment directly you are placing it on the internet for them to grab. This means that the email you send will just instead of containing your attachment will have a link to the attachment. WeTransfer makes this very easy to use and it also is less complicated then other ways to send files like this (Like using Dropbox for example) and it also only keeps the file for a week. So once its been 7 days you do not need to worry about out of date attachments.

So! There are 2 ways you can send attachments with WeTransfer and I will go through both of them on here.

The first way is the most simplest way. This involves WeTransfer doing everything for you (even sending the email to the person who you want to download the attachment).


So what you need to do first is go to and look at the widget on the bottom left corner. It will look like this.


Now just to make sure you have it on the right setting click the bottom left button that’s next to the transfer and make sure Email is selected after clicking on it.


After this is selected you should have a friends email and a section for your email. All you need todo is put theirs in the friends email section, add a message and add your files to it. Once you have done this just simply click the transfer button and it will do the rest!

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You should now hopefully have an email from WeTransfer giving you the details of what you have just sent. Also you will get another email once the recipient has downloaded the attachment too. Pretty neat huh!

Now for the second way, this way would make your email look more personal since you will be writing it still and just simply placing the attachment link in it once you have uploaded your attachment to wetransfer.

So this is still pretty strait forward all you need to do is click the bottom left button and select link as your option instead of email. Add your files to the window and then hit transfer.

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Okay once your attachments have been transferred all you need to do now is click on “Copy link” and then go into your email program and paste the link where you would like it to be. This can be done by right clicking and selecting paste from the menu.



And that’s it. Enjoy sending your large attachments without any fuss of them getting bounced back.

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