How to Email Large Files Using Dropbox

Often times I want to email a set of pictures or a movie file to someone, and the files are too big to attach in an email. The best way I’ve found to do this is to put the files in my dropbox  (Free for a 2gb account; click here to sign up), and then email a link to the other person.

To do this, you need to install dropbox on your computer. Dropbox adds a folder to your Mac’s home folder that automatically uploads anything you store in it. So when I add any file to my dropbox folder on my Mac, that file is available to me via dropbox.com, or the dropbox app on my iPhone or iPad, as well as the Dropbox folder on a second Mac.

When dropbox is first installed, it contains two folders, Public and Photos. The Public folder is where a file needs to be added in order to send someone a download link. If you want to send a set of pictures or a group of files, make sure they’re all in the same folder, then control-click or right-click on the folder and select Archive. Once you have a “.zip” file, put it in that Public folder within your dropbox.

Now, just control-click or right-click on the archive file, and using the Dropbox drop-down menu select “Copy Public Link”

Copy Public Link

Now, just paste that link into an email to the person you want to send the file to, and you’re all done!

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