How to Send Large Files From Your Android

Sometimes you have a large file you want to send. Perhaps a movie or another file you transferred to your SD card to use on your Android phone. You cannot always send these files through email. I know I have tried to email a video taken with my 8MP camera and I can’t.

I have heard several horror stories of people trying to send large files via email from their Android device. The file keeps trying to send but never does. All the while, the file is eating away at the sender’s data plan causing overages, poor Android battery life and slower data for everything else. There are several ways you can solve the potential problem of sending large files using free Android applications.

YouSendIt is an application that works from your Android phone as well as on the web. You will receive 2GB of storage. You can upload any kind of file as long as it isn’t bigger than 50MB. There is a 50MB file size upload limit for YouSendIt. When you want to share a file, there are a couple of options. The first is using any of the options on your phone. You may have already shared a file via MMS or email, this option is the same.

When you need to share a bit more information than a file or picture, you can share a whole folder. What’s cool here is, you can choose whether they can just Read the files in the folder or Read and Write to the folder. Reading and Writing is great for groups. When you share a folder, you will email the recipient an invite to access the folder.


Box is a great cloud storage and Android application working it’s way into my being my favorite storage app. For starters, Android owners get 50GB of space when signing in from the Android application. Uploading from your Android is a piece of cake. You can either initiate the upload by finding the file and choosing Box as the spot to upload the file. Or you can open Box and then search for the file to upload. Either way works well.

When the file is all uploaded, you can choose the Share option from the bottom of the screen. When you choose to Share a file, you will send them a link using one of the possible methods available on your phone.


Dropbox for Android works very similar to the other two options. The upload process works the same with the exception of Dropbox for Android released a Beta feature that upped your cloud storage space and automatically uploads camera pictures and videos. This means you can skip the upload step in the process. Also, this means you won’t have to worry about your pictures or videos being lost if your phone is lost or damaged.

A feature that Dropbox for Android offers is the option to share an entire folder’s worth of files. To share the folder, make the name of the folder visible and press and hold it. A box with a share option will pop up. When you choose Share, you will see all the ways to share the file. By choosing a method or copying the link, you can send the link however you like. When the link is clicked, the contents of that folder will be downloaded by the recipient.


The more you are away from your office or computer, the more you will rely on your Android devices to fill the needs of your desktop devices. Having a full arsenal of tools ready before you need to be productive while mobile will set you up for success. If you wait until you NEED them, you may struggle learning how and what tools work for your personal or business needs.

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