When you need to send digital photos to someone, how do you do it? How do you handle sending other large files? We’ve learned from experience that sending large items as email attachments isn’t the best route. The message takes a long time to send, and often won’t send at all. The recipient won’t appreciate what’s happening on their end either.
For years, I have used a free service called “We Transfer.” Go to WeTransfer.com and give it a try. You’ll be prompted to create a free account, but you don’t have to. I never have.
Drag as many files as you need onto the screen. You can send up to two gigabytes at one time. Add the email address of the person to whom you’re sending as well as your own email address. You’ll get an email with a verification to enter. Then, you’re done.
The other person gets an email with a link to download the information. You get an email when they complete the download. WeTransfer then deletes your information from their server. It works like a charm.
If you already use Dropbox, they have added a feature that lets you do what WeTransfer has always done. Go to Dropbox.com and look for “Transfer” in the left-hand pane. Then, click the blue “Create transfer” button. To save a couple of mouse clicks, you can also go to Dropbox.com/transfer.
Just like WeTransfer, drag the items onto the screen. Dropbox allows you to send 100GB at a time. That’s a huge amount. The other person does not have to have a Dropbox account to download what you send.
If you already use Dropbox, you are familiar with being able to share a document with another Dropbox user. You are able to collaborate on the document. But what about the times you don’t want others to edit? With Dropbox Transfer, there’s no way anybody else can alter your documents or delete your treasured pictures. What they have is merely a copy.
Don’t have a Dropbox account? You can get one for free. Normally, you get 2 GB of free storage. Use this link and you get an extra 500MB for free on top of that.