For security reasons, all email server providers limit the maximum email size that an email account can receive. Otherwise, if there would be no maximum email size limit, the email server would risk to be bombarded with very large emails, causing it to cease working properly.
If you send an email that exceeds the maximum email size limit of the recipient’s email provider, your email will bounce off and you will receive an email error back in your mailbox. Usually, you will receive one of the following error messages:
– “Attachment size exceeds the allowable limit”;
– “552: Message size exceeds maximum permitted”;
– “System Undeliverable, message size exceeds outgoing message size limit”;
– “The size of the message you are trying to send exceeds the global size limit of the server. The message was not sent; reduce the message size and try again”.
|Email Provider||Maximum Email Size Limit|
|Gmail||25Mb (per email sent or received)|
|Outlook.com and Hotmail||10Mb (per file attachment) or 300Gb (only for files attached via SkyDrive!)|
|Yahoo Mail||25Mb (per email) or unlimited (only for files attached via DropBox – limited by your DropBox account size)|
|AOL||25Mb (per email sent or received)|
Can you bypass these maximum email size limits?
A simple answer would be: no, you can’t bypass these maximum size limits. However,you can upload the files-to-be-attached to cloud storage servers (like DropBox, Google Drive or SkyDrive) and include the download link in your email.