MailDrop OS X Large Attachments

Sending large attachments has always been a precarious activity when it comes to email. You just never know if your attachment will go through, and if it does, it’s a toss up as to whether or not the recipient will be able to successfully receive and open it.

Mail Drop is a new feature in OS X that hopes to solve this issue. With Mail Drop, Mail app users can send emails with encrypted attachments up to 5GB. That’s sure to cover most of the large emails that the majority of users send.

To use Mail Drop, users must be logged in to iCloud, because the Mail app will upload large attachments automatically to iCloud, and present them seamlessly as a standard attachment to other iCloud and Mail users. For those users who don’t use iCloud and Mail, a simple link to the attachment is provided for quick and easy downloads.

What do you think about Mail Drop? Do you plan on using it? Or have you found a better way to share large files with others?

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  • This would be helpful if I didn’t have the shittiest upload speed in the world. (0.4mbps, thanks Tony Abbott)

    • Kr00

      Yeah, like the NBN is a massive success. Duh!! Less than 10% delivery with budgets blowing out the ass and timeframes going out til the never never. 4G is now faster the NBN. Who wants to be tied to a cable in the wall. The worlds now mobile champ. Get up to the 21st century.

  • Dillon Kirton

    No more iPhone picture at bottom of iDownloadblog page, hopefully they render an iPhone 6 one soon!

  • MacGuru17

    The only problem is that there’s no way to download the attachments on iOS…

  • Do you have to send it from your icloud account; or can you use any other in the mail app?

    • Sokrates

      I guess it works from other accounts too

    • nicmart

      Doesn’t seem to, but my ISP allows 10GB, so 5GB hardly seems generous.

  • nicmart

    At 5GB I can send one lone photo taken with an 18MP camera. Big deal

  • zoidberger

    MailDrop works nice up to 5 GB, but if you have something REALLY large, I’d rather suggest to use Filemail web app – they’ve recently introduced a 30 GB file size limit for free users, and PRO users get unlimited file sizes. Used it to send lots of 20 GB HD videos, and even to transfer a 140 GB partition backup – it always worked great.

    You don’t even have to register, you just send straight from their homepage and recipients get a download link in their e-mail that stays live for 7 days (free service) or 30 days (PRO account). Hope that helps someone 🙂