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How to Send a Lot of Photos via Email? 7 Easy Ways!

Written by, Ljubica Gjorgievska

Updated August, 21, 2023

Email is an effective way to send files or media to people on your contact list.

However, most email providers have a very small file attachment limit. Luckily, there is a way around it. 

Here’s how to send a lot of photos via email.

How To Send a Lot of Photos Via Email

Check and reduce the photo size

If the photos are too big in size, chances are, you won’t be able to send a large number of them at once. You can try resizing your photos before sending them to ensure they don’t take too long to upload and are delivered without any issues. 

Create a zip file for your photos

The easiest way to send a good chunk of photos via email attachment is to compress them into a zip file. Compressed files are much smaller in size, which means they won’t trigger your email provider’s attachment limit, and zipping files doesn’t reduce image quality.

Both Mac and Windows have a built-in zip feature. 

To compress a file or a folder, right-click on it and select “Compress to Zip file” on Windows and just “Compress” on Mac.

compressing images

Add photos to Google Drive

Due to the attachment limits issue when emailing a large file, both individuals and businesses have turned to storage clouds.

If you use Gmail, you can attach a link from the folder of photos from your Google Drive account. The owner of the Google Drive account decides who can access the folder and if the recipient can download the files.  

Here’s how to upload photos to Google Drive

adding photos to google drive

1. Log in to drive.google.com with your Google account.

2. Click New > File Upload and select the photos you want to send.

3. Select the photos you want to upload and click “Open.” 

uploading images with file upload

For Apple users, try iCloud Mail Drop

If you want to send photos that are large to fit in an email, you can go ahead and attach them to the iCloud mail drop. The files sent through Mail Drop are encrypted in the iCloud, while recipients will receive a Mail Drop Link that lasts 30 days. If they don’t download the files within the time frame, they won’t be able to view them.

You can use iCloud Mail Drop by:

  1. Clicking the the Settings button icon and choosing “Preferences”;
  2. From there, click on “Composing” and select “Use Mail Drop”;
  3. When you’re done, click “Done”.

Upload your photos to Dropbox

Dropbox is arguably the most popular file-sharing platform. The process of sending large files via email using Dropbox is the same as sending photos via Google Drive.

Unlike Google Drive, Dropbox has a security feature called “exploding links,” which allows users to give access to other people to certain files for a given amount of time. 

the dropbox logo

Give WeTransfer a try

WeTransfer is a file-sending service that allows you to send different files instantly. 

You can opt for one of the two options. The first option is email transfer, which is what it sounds like. You send files and photos by typing your and your recipient’s email. Once the transfer is complete, the recipient can just download the files.

The second option is through link transfer. With this feature, you’ll still upload your photos to WeTransfer’s upload servers, but instead of sending an email with the link, you’ll get a link that you can just copy and paste to whoever you want. 

Note: The free option allows you to send 2 GB files at once. If you need more, you can go with the Pro version, which will cost you $10 per month, or the Premium version, which allows for unlimited file sharing, and is $19 per month.

uploading files through WeTransfer

Go with the good ol’ Flash Drive

If you want to send large photos without compromising their quality, you can go ahead and opt for the standard Flash Drive option. This is usually useful when you’re sending files within an office or just delivering them to someone.

a black flash drive

Bottom Line

Knowing how to send a lot of photos via email is a must in the digital age. If you want to email a large file with a lot of photos at once, you can use one of the options we listed above.

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

How many photos can you send in one email?

That depends on the total email size limit. Most email providers allow for up to 10MB, which is around 5 photos. 


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