Announcing a much needed update, GSuite Updates blog confirmed the ability of Gmail users to now receive attachments as large as 50 Megabytes (MB) from now onwards. This can be done by email clients which have the ability to send files of such a size now to Gmail users as well.
For now, Gmail users will only be able to receive emails with 50 MB attachments. The 25 MB limit on sending will remain intact and may be upgraded as well in the coming days, but there is no surety about that.
Google Looking to Keep Promoting Google Drive
“Sending and receiving attachments is an important part of email exchanges. While Google Drive offers a convenient way to share files of any size, sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. So starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly”, said the official blog post.
It can be assumed that Google wants to keep promoting their Google Drive services for users with the need of sending larger attachments in their emails. Instead of upgrading the email attachment limit for sending just now, Google intents to promote the ability to share files through their cloud services with a limit of a whopping 10 GBs!
Can’t Receive 50 MB Attachments Yet?
Not a reason to worry. Google has explained in the blog post that the complete and full roll out can take up to three days to come into effect for everyone. This means that by the 3rd of March, 2017, you should be easily able to receive emails with 50 MB or less in attached files.
Normally, sending such large files over email is not common practice for most people. It may come in handy now and then, but using cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive has become the norm. Nevertheless, any upgrade which is entirely free of any associated cost, such as this one, has to be appreciated. We do hope that Google does consider matching the size limit for outgoing emails as well. That would only make logical sense.