Mail Drop: Now We All Can Send Insanely Large Attachments

Mail Drop is a new service that only iCloud is providing. Should you use it as a replacement for Dropbox or some other service that’s already doing the job right? That depends on your interests. Mail Drop makes large attachments that were previously impossible to send via e-mail possible. It will “just work” for many of us.

But what I hadn’t noticed before now are the limitations users have to pass before they can use Mail Drop. If you’re interested in Mail Drop, because maybe you don’t have Pay yet and you’re the kind of geek that’s chafing because you don’t have enough geeky things to do today, then review the conditions for Mail Drop. From Chris Breen on Macworld:

Note that Mail Drop/iCloud Mail have certain “fine print” limitations. They include:

  • You must have your iCloud account activated on your Mac and you must send these messages via your iCloud account.
  • A single message can’t be larger than 5GB (this includes the message body and any attachments).
  • You can’t send an uncompressed folder that contains files. Instead, compress the folder by Control-clicking (right-clicking) on it in the Finder and choosing Compress.
  • You can’t send more than 200 messages each day.
  • You can’t send messages to more than 1,000 recipients each day from your iCloud account.
  • A single message sent via iCloud can’t have more than 100 recipients.
  • You can’t store more than 1TB of messages. Attachments expire after 30 days, so as they disappear, space will be freed up.
  • This 30 day limit means your recipients must retrieve these messages within that period of time.

These are reasonable limits that protect many of us from spammers and the like. No one wants the nefarious amongst us to highjack a good feature of iCloud Mail. And if you would like to complain that you can’t send more than 5 gb of data via Mail Drop in a single day, or that you can’t send such files to more than 100 recipients at a time, then you seriously missed your calling. You should just go ahead and join the Dark Side and attempt Internet domination.

To the good, handsome people that read this blog, everything look good for you? Then fire away some absurdly large files to your friends and coworkers, this otherwise slow fifth of November.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.