When we are going to send files over the Internet, we usually use the platform that we have at hand. If we have a Google account and prefer free storage, the most convenient is to use the free storage offered by the company in Google Drive, which with 15 GB is the most important. However, there are limits in terms of the size of the files that we can send and in the bandwidths , and we will see which is the one for each platform.
Google Drive: files up to 5 TB
Google Drive is the platform that offers the most gigs free to users who create an account, with 15 GB. However, depending on the type of file, there is a size limit. For text documents, the limit is 1.02 million characters, and if converted to Google Docs, the limit is 50 MB.
In the case of uploading a spreadsheet, the limit is 5 million cells. For presentations, the limit is 100 MB. For Google Sites there are up to 200,000 characters per page and 10,000 images per web, with a maximum of 1,000 pages and 10 million characters.
For other files, the limit is up to 5 TB , being the storage platform in the cloud that allows uploading larger files. In terms of bandwidth, you can upload up to 750 GB of data per day. If a file exceeds that 750 GB, the file will be uploaded independently of the size until you reach those 5 TB.
The sizes of the files and formats compatible with Google Drive can be found on this help page .
Dropbox: unlimited file size
Dropbox popularized cloud storage. However, the company has been reducing the free space available to users, offering only 2 GB for users who upload files in the free plan.
Despite this, there is a great advantage: there is no limit on the size of the filesthat can be uploaded if we use the desktop or mobile app. If we do it through the browser on Dropbox.com, the limit is 50 GB. If we upload them through their API, the files can not exceed 350 GB. To upload files of that size it is obvious that you need to have a larger storage account, because with the free 2 GB we can only upload files of up to 2 GB.Dropbox . com , the limit is 50 GB. If we upload them through their API, the files can not exceed 350 GB. To upload files of that size it is obvious that you need to have a larger storage account, because with the free 2 GB we can only upload files of up to 2 GB.
In the case of wanting to share a file, the limit that Dropbox is currently testing is 100 GB through Transfer.
In terms of bandwidth, free accounts can not use more than 20 GB per day in upload or download, for the 200 GB of paid users.
OneDrive: files up to 15 GB
OneDrive , Microsoft’s cloud storage platform, offers 5GB of free storage, after it reduced the maximum size from 15 to 5GB more than three years ago, while eliminating unlimited storage options.
Where we do find again the number 15 is in the maximum size of files that we can upload, where each individual file can occupy up to 15 GB . If you use a browser prior to Internet Explorer 10, the limit of files you can upload is 300 MB. If you do it with a modern browser or from Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you will have no problem.
In terms of bandwidth, free accounts can not use more than 20 GB per day in upload or download.
The maximum size of the files can be found on this OneDrive support page.
iCloud: files up to 15 GB
iCloud does not have a free model, costing 1 euro per month the cheapest with 50 GB. The files that we upload to iCloud, the Apple cloud, have a size limit of up to 15 GB.
WeTransfer: free files up to 2GB
WeTransfer has become the most convenient file sharing platform, since, although it only allows uploading files of up to 2 GB in its free plan and these files are only available for 7 days, it is quick and easy. In addition, it only allows you to send a link up to three people.
In the case of WeTransfer Plus, paid users can upload up to 20 GB per file, while there is no bandwidth or transfer limit. The data can be found on this WeTransfer support page .
Telegram: files up to 1.5 GB
Telegram is the most complete messaging app, and allows you to send files of any kind. Of course, each file can occupy up to 1.5 GB , while the maximum speed varies, but it is usually 15 MB / s.
Create your own torrent: alternative to send files without size limit
In the case that you have to transfer large capacity files over the Internet and do not want to pay for it, another option that you have at your disposal is to create a torrent . Although make sure to put password to the file (compressing it in RAR for example), since if you use public trackers anyone could take the link and download the file.