The good news is that the GMail team has increases the maximum allowable limit of the attachment size to 25 MB from the previous limit of 20 MB. This is obviously nice to hear since GMail users can pass on files/data upto 25mb per email easily without having to look for third party file sharing websites like Rapidshare.

But the catch here is that you may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits!!

“With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. Please note that you may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits. If your attachment bounces, you should invite them to Gmail“.

Did you read the part in BOLD? Doesn’t it look like a cheese to trap the mouse? Even though GMail is gaining popularity over the last few years, it is still lagging behind Yahoo Mail and Hotmail. This might be a trick to entice new users using other popular eMail services into GMail by offering bigger attachments!

The search is monopolized, the ad-space over the world is monopolized and now the eMail service space? Way to go Google!


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  • Kamal

    A better trick to attract more and more into Gmail; however I think the ones who comes into Gmail will never leave it as there’s no other email service to match with the available feature set.

  • Nihar

    Thanks for the update…

  • Kim Woodbridge

    Well, they are trying to sell their email service but how can they send an attachment that is too large for the service on the other end?

  • Louis

    I think Gmail is WAY better than any of the other free web mails out there….

  • Ryan

    A Lie.

    Gmail is still limiting attachments to 20mb.

    • Raju

      I didn’t know even Google lies :)

  • eric

    Well, it’s a natural respond issnt it? there is not a catch or anything bad about this. eg if you want your friend to eat a cake you baked, you either bring it to them or they come to you… there is no other way around it..

    similarly, if gmail provides a 25mb file limit attachement, and the person you want to send to uses an email account that doesnt accept 25mb file size, then they would have to sign up for an account that can accept 25mb files! be it hotmail, yahoo, or yep you guessed it.. gmail.

  • alpha

    it is still lagging behind Yahoo Mail and Hotmail
    how is that?

  • Dave

    Hmm, I was expecting something meaning here with “the catch”. As Eric above indicated, if another mail server is putting a limit on the attachment size that it’s willing to accept, who’s to blame, Gmail? Where’s the catch in this? There’s nothing evil or sinister about producing a better, richer product. If it weren’t for gmail, we’d still be stuck with crummy limits like 2MB mailbox sizes by the likes of Yahoo.

  • Jon Kanders

    lemme get this straight. Google offers a free service which provides a superior product (i.e. 25mb is better than 20mb) and you chastise them for it? If anything this should spur competition among the other services and force them to match. This is better for all consumers in the end. Unless youre a commie pinko socialist!!! :)

  • Alim Bolar


    You need a vacation!!.. How is gmail lagging behind?!!.. and why are you complaining about being able to send 25 MB when you should be celebrating?!.. ;-)..

  • Doodie

    If Gmail sends a 20 mb email to a yahoo account that can only accept 15mb emails and it get’s refused…..who’s fault is that? This isn’t gmail’s fault.

    What, you expect Gmail to override the settings on other company’s servers?

    Did you think about this post before you wrote it?

  • Dan

    gmail can do easily twice as much than any other free email (and even some paid) with a smooth and intuitive interface. once people see that, they won’t need any other reason to switch.

  • Rusty

    I don’t know why ANYONE would even want to visit – much less use it. Their UI is too cumbersome, slow and is ages behind the current offerings. I have been a Hotmail user for 10 years, but I never go to and use Windows Live Mail (younger brother of MS Outlook).

    However, I still use Gmail for some other purposes and still rate it as the best.


  • Brian

    This is by far the WORST ARTICLE EVER! (Did you read the print in all caps?) How dare gmail offer a larger file size attachment than other email providers, and if they are going to offer it then they need to make sure that all other email providers are able to accept 25MB? You’re just hating on gmail. So gmail is offering a better service than competitors and you somehow find a way to complain about it and insist that gmail is lagging? Since when did offering better service mean you were lagging? Your thoughts are lagging. Don’t quit your day job unless it’s writing articles like this.

  • B

    It appears you are the type of person that will complain no matter what a company does, Calling a feature that sends a larger file size “cheese to trap the mouse” like it is a bad thing is incorrect. It is a good thing files are larger hard drives are larger and email messages are getting larger. This is nothing but good for those who CHOOSE to use gmail a free service. Nobody is being forced to use it. The reason it would look like cheese in a mouse trap is because it supports larger files is because they are offering more is better regardless of what other email providers are allowing it makes no difference there is no standard size that Gmail needs to use. I would hope other email providers will increase the size limitation also

  • YMail dissident

    I have been a fan of YMail for 7+ years. in fact, my first email is a YM account. then, I keep using YMail under other ID. I still use YMail even after 2+ years of having a GMail. I intended to stay a main YMail user. however, YMail gives me so much trouble that I have decided to become a main GMail user. reason?

    first, YMail breaks down many times; that is frustrating. fact is I have experienced many times YMail is down due to maintenance.

    second, searching YMail inbox is slow. searching your inbox for a certain email you had for a long time is much faster with GMail. not only that, one of my YMail account has so many old mails that whenever I start a search, the search is never finished.

    fourth, there are instances when I click on a certain mail in YMail, and it directs me to another one. this happens with the YMail that has so many old mails.

    fifth, and most importantly: whenever I write a long email and click send after a long time, YMail asks me to re-login. after the re-login, the ENTIRE mail that takes me so long DISSAPPEAR. imagine how frustrating it is that the mail for a job application or a mail to your professor you painstakingly writes is now blank. you will to go through the pain again. this is the final punch that pushes me to become a main GMail user. this NEVER happens with GMail.

    the summer before I decide to switch to GMail, Microsoft was negotiating to buy Yahoo. CEO Jerry Yang decided that USD $34/share is too little. in Fall, the financial and housing market crashed, Yahoo stock is like USD $12/share. Steve Balmer had a great comeback @ Jerry Yang on the deal. Mr. Jerry Yang, your search engine is getting out of favor. your mail service is losing ground. if things keep going this way, Google will own the market soon.

  • Fela Manu

    I would think that GMail is showing the competition the way to go. In this age of 12 megapixel photos, music in FLAC or 320Bps mp3, file limits of 5-10 MB are cyber relics. What you call “a catch” is actually pragmatic progress.

  • cherrykerry

    This isn’t a catch at all. If Ymail can’t accept large files, that’s Ymail’s fault, not Gmail’s. Btw, the biggest problem with Ymail and Hotmail is: when you log in, you don’t see your email. Sure, you see how much NEW email you have, but you’re forced into a news page. Secondly, with Hotmail, you can’t just log in under your username. You have to log in with username@hotmail, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen lol. But then, it’s Microsoft, the people who refuse to progress from the obsolete MP3 compression format. I will add that Ymail, however, is amazingly simple to make new accounts with, so if you ever need a fake account (for whatever reasons), Ymail is the way to go. Super simple. (For example, why would I give out my real email address just to post this message?)

  • mark

    I don’t like limits of any kind on email arrachments. Company emails attachments get very large and a good PowerPoint with a lot of pics can be very large. Engineering drawings and CAD files are always a challenge.

    Google’s 25 is a good start but I need 50 mb today or an FTP site,

  • carlos caneja

    Most mail servers get “clogged” when sending files and this is why the file sizes for attachments are usually limited by mail server admins.

    The catch with Gmail not being able to send 25 MB attachments is not because of of Google but because of the configuration other mail servers outside of Gmail have.

  • i say

    you’re all diseased.

  • Luis Chavez

    this is biased…….. Gmail IS NOT THE CONSTRAINT…… they let you send 25mb files, is not their fault if the other end cant receive it, there is nothing they can do about it, besides buying more servers for hotmail so they can storage more data and upgrade their own limits….

    • The One

      There is a way.. If they wanted, they could have done what twtiter does with images – upload file, create link and embed it. Mails can also do the same thing with files being uploaded to gmail file servers and links embedded to the mail. This way, any mail-party can access the file. It is just that gmail chose not to do it that way :)

  • C L

    Nothing wrong with that. I just tried to send a huge file to my friend to 2 of her email accounts and they both bounced back to me. She was sad. I told her to come to gmail. She signed up for an account just so she could receive the file. Now let’s see if she ever leaves gmail. :p The other email services just pale in comparison.

  • WHAT

    You people are dumb. Read and understand well of the writer’s intention!

    It’s actually pro-gmail, and doing it in an informative and critical way like how any normal person would think of a new product, or in this case, upgrade.

    Need some help?
    For one, ‘the lagging behind Gmail” is used in the context that, in terms of popularity -Read: the number of users of the said email provider, gmail is still trying to catch up on Ymail and Hmail.

    Need I put them in BOLD?

  • Swathi Reddy

    I always face problem while attaching large sized files in gmail and yahoo.But now yahoo had introduced new feature where i can send up to100mb.Have any one checked


    WHAT – Thank you for pointing the blindly obvious, i started reading this thinking…”when is anyone ever going to get this”…. Glad someone actually read the post correctly… And hey… thumbs up for google….

  • HaHaHa

    What that bold text means is that many other email providers refuse to accept mail with large attachments. There is no catch at all. I laughed a bit at your ignorance,so thank you for the unintended humor.

  • disqus_i5aurrl6lv

    Good. Google is king.