It has always been a problem to transfer or email big files as not everyone has a Dropbox account. So Google has come to the rescue and announced that it would roll out a new feature on Gmail, allowing users to attach files upto 10 GB from their Google Drive.
In a blog post, Gmail’s product manager Phil Sharp, wrote, “Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB — 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment. Also, because you’re sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version.”
“Also if you send the file to more than one recipient, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending. This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.”
You can also paste Google Drive links into mails to share a file. You can attach videos, PDF’s, images, etc via this new option.
It is pertinent to mention here that this new feature is only available with Gmail’s new compose experience.
This is the one where when you click Compose, it pops up in a window, just like chats windows on Google chat.
Most people already have access to the new compose feature, but don’t worry if you don’t. Google will finish rolling out the new feature to all its users in the next few days.