Cannot send mail w/attachments

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by suzanrogers, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. suzanrogers macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    For some new reason I cannot send mail with attachments that are lager than 20mb. I use to be able to... so why not now?

    I will get an error message: "Cannot send message using the server gmail
    your message has 39.4 mb which exceeds 34 mb the max allowed by the server."

    I also use aol with the same error message. and the attachment is no where near the max size.??

    I have deleted all mail accounts and then added them back making sure to follow the instructions carefully. What am I missing?

    Thanks Suz
  2. Roquefort macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    U.S. west coast
    It's a limitation of the Gmail service.

    From gmail help:
    Maximum attachment size

    With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 20 megabytes (MB) in size. However, the precise amount allowable will depend on the attachment.

    When you add an attachment, the size of a file may increase because transport encodings are automatically added. (Transport encodings are the information that allows your message to be safely sent and read.)

    This means that in some cases, attachments that are 17 to 20MB in size may push the total message size above 20MB. When this happens, Gmail displays a warning that your message exceeds the 20MB limit.​
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    There are other solutions like YouSendIt and Pando that provide workarounds for managing such large attachments. From my understand the way that they work is that you upload the file to a webstorage space and people you email simply get the link for the file so they can download it on their end without exploding their inbox with a 30 MB+ file. Another solution, if you have a MobileMe account would be to upload the file to the Public folder of your iDisk and invite the intended recipient to download that file.
  4. suzanrogers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    Thanks for the that i know the reason why I can work on getting around the problem.
  5. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    E-Mail for Large File Transport....

    Is like using a VW Beetle to transport 10 yards of concrete.
  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    If you have a Hotmail account (or I guess it's called Windows Live now), you get 5GB of online storage. They call it a SkyDrive. I don't use it a whole lot since I have my own web space, but it's really convenient and it's free.

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