We often need to send very big files online to our colleagues and friends or family members. Sending files these days is really easy and you can use several chat apps to send files online, and, when it comes to official communication we can use email. But, both email and chat application has its own limitations, and if you want to send big files. Breaking the 25 MB limit for emails isn’t possible, and you must find out a suitable alternative in that case. Luckily, there are several platforms available through which, we can send big files online and that too for free. Obviously, when it comes to free methods to transfer files, there are size limitations, and the file will not be available after a certain point in time.
In spite of all the limitations, if we need to send files quickly, using an online file transfer websites is always a great idea. Wetransfer is a great online file transfer platform that is available for free. It can be used to send files up to 2GB of size for free, until recently, when the Indian government banned the website for security reasons, but further details aren’t known yet. Yes, you can still use Wetransfer on certain internet connections by a few ISPs, and with a VPN, however, it is still a better idea to switch to some different file transfer platform for easier and convenient file transfer from one place to the other across the internet. So I’ll be talking about a few of the alternatives to Wetransfer that you can use.
So, without any further delay, let’s get started with the best alternatives of Wetransfer that you can start using right now. I will mostly keep my discussion limited to the free versions of Wetransfer alternatives as the free versions are mostly used for this purpose by most users.
The first one in the list is Smash by fromsmash.com. With the free version of Smash, you can send any file without any file size limits, and the file will be available for 14 days after the upload is done by the user. After the upload is complete, the link can be directly emailed along with the link contents or through slack. If you do not want the file to be on the server for 14 days, you can set the number of days after which the file will be deleted, and by default, it is set to 7. The only problem that I have observed with the free version of Smash is that there is no way you can make the link password-protected so that unauthorized users do not get access to the file. So, if you are not sending any sensitive files over the internet, Smash can be a great alternative to Wetransfer that you can try out.
The next one in this alternative Wetransfer list is Firefox Send, which is also a reliable way of sending files online. With the help of Firefox Send, you can send files up to a size of 1GB if you do not have a Firefox account. However, if you want to send files bigger than that, you can send files up to a size of 2.5 GB, with a Firefox account. The best thing is, the files can be secured with a password so that the files and not downloaded by unauthorized users after it is sent. This is a tool available by Firefox, which is not known to most people, and you can also use this service, even if you are not using the Mozilla Firefox web browser. The files will be on the server for 7 days, however, you can reduce the existence of the file on the server to as low as 5 minutes and several other intervals in between. Additionally, you can also set the file to automatically delete after a certain number of downloads that eventually adds more security to the files that you send over the service.
Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service provider, that most already know about. Apart from being a cloud storage provider, Dropbox can also be utilized to send files over the internet. This can be used to share files with users, who do not have a Dropbox account and there is no size limit as well. The file that you want to send to another user over the internet should be present on your Dropbox cloud storage and after that, you can share it with just one click of a button. There are different ways, you can share files using Dropbox over the internet. You can obviously share the files with other Dropbox users, or the users with a particular email ID can also access the files that you have shared. There is one more option through which, the files can be shared with anybody so that, the other user can easily access the file if he has the link. You can also set a time after which the file will not be accessible and you can also configure the link so that the file can only be viewed but can’t be downloaded.
Even if you do not have a Dropbox account there is every chance that you have one thing, and it is a Google account. With a Google account, you can access Google Drive and you can store all your files on Google Drive as it is a cloud storage platform that is used by almost everybody. With the help of Google Drive, as well, you can send your files across the internet to other people. Just like Dropbox, you need to share the file, and the person with a particular email address can access the file and it can also be accessed by normal users, who just have the link. The ball is in your court when it comes to what kind of file access permission that you want to have for the files you have shared through Google Drive. Just like Dropbox, there is no file size limit and you can share any file that you want, as long as you have the file on Google Drive.
Apart from the four different ways, which I have mentioned here to transfer files across the internet, you can also use other web services that work almost the same way. But all the services that I am mentioned here are quite trustworthy and you can count on them. Additionally, you can also use Telegram to transfer files up to 1.5 GB of size only with users, who have an account on Telegram. At this time, when most users are working from home, transferring big files across the internet is a necessity, the unavailability of Wetransfer is something that can pull most users out of the comfort zone. If you can access Wetransfer on your device, I will not recommend you to use it, as it is banned by the Indian government, and there must be a reason behind it. Within the next few days, almost all the service providers in India will also ban Wetransfer, and thus, it is not going to be a convenient option any longer.
To see more tools to replace Wetransfer then see this list: 8 Best WeTransfer substitute web services
So, that was my list of the top alternative Wetransfer that you can try out. Do you have any questions or know any other great alternative to Wetransfer? Feel free to comment on the same below.