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Email Message and Attachment Size Limits


Microsoft has recently increased to 150 MB the maximum size that an attachment and/or an email message can be. However, sending an email message of this size is dependent upon what application you use to send the email, and where the recipient's mailbox resides.

It is generally considered best practice to not send emails with large attachments, but to send a link to that attachment instead as this would quickly fill up your mailbox, it will tie up your mailbox while the file is being sent, and it slows down the servers that are processing the mail.

See for information on sending a link to a file you have stored in OneDrive. 

It is also important to note that this change does not mean that the types of files that are prohibited from being emailed has changed (e.g. files with a .exe extension, etc.). Those file types are prohibited as they are a very common way for people to send computer viruses. 

If you do need to send a large email message, below are some guidelines to help you understand what will and will not work. 

 Client Send Messages Up to 150 MB  Receive/Open Messages Up to 150 MB
 BWA  No Yes
 Outlook 2016 for Mac Yes Yes
 Outlook 2016 for Windows  Yes Yes
 Apple Mail  Yes  Yes
 Gmail No - link with Google Drive No
 Hotmail/Live No - link with OneDrive No

 See for more information on mailbox limits.  

Email, Communication and Collaboration
Last updated: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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