Most email providers have size limits for attachments, restricting what you can send to friends and family by email. Anything too big, and your email will bounce back. Fortunately for us, Apple has a feature called Mail Drop which lets you email attachments up to 5GB in size – perfect for sending long videos, lots of photos, or a big work document. Let’s take a look at how this helpful feature works.

On iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, Mail Drop works by uploading your large attachment to iCloud and sharing a download link with your recipient. This lets users bypass the attachment-size limits imposed by email providers – which, in many cases, is limited to 25MB (or less).

To use Mail Drop on your device, begin by adding an attachment. Launch Mail, reveal the keyboard menu by tapping <, and select the photos icon (this looks like two overlapping images). You’ll then be able to select an image or video – or a selection of both – from the contents of your Photos app.

Add an image or video – or a combination of both!

When you go to hit send, you’ll notice that the Mail app asks if you’d like to compress your attachments to save on space. You’ll see the actual size, alongside three compression options – small, medium, and large. Compressing your images and video down will allow you to send more files without using Mail Drop, but the compression process will affect the overall quality of your media.

To compress, or not to compress?

If, after adding your attachments, your email is weighing a bit heavy, the Mail app will prompt you to send it using Mail Drop. Like we said, attachments delivered by Mail Drop are uploaded to iCloud, and a download link is available for the recipient to access for 30 days.

Choose Mail Drop.

Because Mail Drop works by uploading your attachments to the cloud, it may take a few minutes for the download link to be sent. Despite this, you’ll find that Mail Drop is more reliable than attaching and sending large files over email – as you may well know, this approach usually lands users in “outbox purgatory.”

Apple’s Mail Drop feature is available free of charge and works a treat. You can access it on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, all via the built-in Mail app. As mentioned, there’s a 5GB Mail Drop file limit. Apple also imposes a 1TB Mail Drop storage limit for individual users – if you send enough files to hit that limit, you’ll need to wait 30-days for Mail Dropped attachments to expire before adding more.