Google Inc. has increased the maximum size limit for attachments with incoming emails in Gmail. Until now, Gmail until now only supported attachments totaling 25MB in a single email. Any attachments more than that size were saved in Google Drive and then shared with recipients.
But now, Google has doubled up the attachment size capacity from 25MB to 50MB for all incoming emails. This means that Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50MB in size from non-Gmail. However, the maximum size limit for attachments with outgoing attachments is still 25MB.
Google Drive offers a convenient way to share files of any size, sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. So starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly,” reads the company blog post.
Like before, documents over 25MB in size (for Gmail users) will be saved on Google Drive and will be shared from there itself. While this is surely a welcome change for users, it would’ve been better if Gmail increased the attachment file size for its users. However, that would’ve probably affected user engagement with the company’s Drive cloud storage service.
Gmail recently stopped supporting the ‘.js’ attachment for users. According to the company, the reason for the decision is that ‘.js’ files are increasingly being used to spread malware.
“Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow .js file attachments as well. Similar to other restricted file attachments, you will not be able to attach a .js file and an in-product warning will appear…,” read the company’s official blog post.
The blog post also mentions that for inbound mails, senders will receive a bounce message explaining why the mail was blocked and was not sent.