6 Best Massive Files Sharing Services For Free

There are lots of free services that let you share large files with other people without having to create an online storage account. We pick our six favorites and puts them to the test, to see which one works best.

1. Smash

As one of the newest large-file-transfer services to launch, Smash has pushed the boat out with its free offerings: there’s no limit to the size of files you can send and it keeps them available for 14 days.

However, if your file is larger than 2GB, the free service puts the processing of your file on the back burner, slowing things down to make way for paying customers. If you’re not in any particular hurry, it’s no big deal, but it took over an hour to upload a 4GB file. That said, this wasn’t unusual in our tests.

Unlike WeTransfer, there are no fancy wallpapers with Smash, just a large pulsing icon in the middle of the web page. Click it to choose a file or drag one to the icon from File Explorer. As with all the services we’ve reviewed here, you get a basic form where you can choose whether to email the file or send a link (Smash also supports Slack, should you use it).

The link option is particularly handy because you can customize the suffix to make it more memorable, for example, “afromsmash.com/fromandy”. From here, you can also add more files, if you want to send more than one at a time.

At the bottom, next to the Smash button (which might have been more sensibly labeled Send or Upload), you’ll find a row of icons. Here, you can add a password, control the number of days the file will exist (up to 14 in the free version), change the background color, and control whether you get alerts when people download your files.

If you’re willing to pay (€12 per month or 672 per year, which converts to around £10.32 and £62 respectively), you can upload your own backgrounds and leave custom messages for the recipients of your download.

2. WeTransfer

We love WeTransfer. Launched in 2009, it has a decade of experience under Its belt and does a fantastic job of quickly and easily getting large files to other people. However, this also makes it a huge target, and every copycat service that’s launched since has made sure it trumps the free version of WeTransfer in some way.

For basic requirements, though, WeTransfer is simple to use and enhanced with imaginative and inspiring wallpapers. Its form-based interface is easy to fill in – just enter an email address or two, depending on how you’re sending the link to the file, and add a message.

As long as your file is 2GB or smaller and you don’t need any clever embellishments, such as password protection, then WeTransfer does a great job. Its smaller size limit means that some of the restrictions imposed by other services aren’t present: we particularly like that you can upload as many files as you like and it will keep them available for a week.

3. SendGB

If you like WeTransfer’s arty wallpapers but prefer Smash’s attitude to give more away for free, SendGB sits comfortably between the two. The images here are adverts for artists and photographers, but they’re invariably striking and colorful.

SendGB’s service (and the form you need to fill in to operate it) is a little more sophisticated than WeTransfer’s. You can enter up to 20 recipients’ email addresses or simply get a link to send to as many people as you like.

You can also protect your file with a password, to stop anyone intercepting a message or link that they shouldn’t be able to access; and you can set the file to self-destruct once the last recipient has downloaded it.

SendGB is completely free, with no paywall, because its costs are covered by ads (70% of which are ‘socially responsible’ and for artists).

4. pCloud Transfer

pCloud Transfer is another service that doesn’t have a paid-for version. It lets you upload files up to 5GB in size but you can only send them via email – there’s no option to just send a link. Uniquely, it lets you encrypt files, which is a bonus if what you’re sending is particularly private.

5. Filemail

Filemail lets you send entire folders as well as files; they can be a massive 50GB in size but you can only send two files every 24 hours. You can download apps for your devices to speed up the process of transferring files to the service, but this is possibly missing the point – what we love about large-file-transfer services, in general, is that they don’t require any extra software or signing up to accounts.

6. SendTransfer

SendTransfer has the least attractive interface of the services we reviewed but you may prefer its plain no-nonsense look if you find the visuals of other services fussy and distracting. It lets you send files up to 10GB in size and keeps them for up to 14 days. Like SendGB, the service is completely free, so you’ll never get stuck on an option that you have to pay to access.