If you are determined to send any of the following file types EXE, DLL, VBS, JSE, PIF, VXD, DMG, VB, CMD, BAT, JAR, JSE, APK, INS, SCT, MSI from your Gmail account or another email account. This article will show you how to do so, allowing you to bypass Google’s file restrictions.


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Almost all free email services available online nowadays have very strict rules on the types of files you can send using their services. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, Thunderbird, and just about every other service will block almost all of the following file formats: EXE, DLL, VBS, JSE, PIF, VXD, DMG, VB, CMD, BAT, JAR, JSE, APK, INS, SCT, MSI.

Although there are a range of alternative services you can use to send email restricted files. Email is still the most convenient way to move content between people. So if you really don’t want to use other services to send these kind of files, continue reading below. In the second part of this article, you will find two other services you can use to send exe files and a range of other formats, with very few limitations.

How Do You Send Restricted File Formats Through Gmail and Other Email Services?

Regardless of the email service you use, the quickest and easiest way to send a restricted file type such as exe, dll, or msi is to simply change the extension for the file. For example, if you are trying to send steam.exe you would simply right-click on the file, go to Rename, then rename the file steam.txt or steam.jpg. This simple change will trick Gmail or any other email service into thinking the file is something that is safe to send.


The only catch with using the method is that you will need to inform the person receiving the file that they need to change the file name back to its original format. If they don’t, the file will refuse to open. Even if you plan on zipping a file using .zip or .rar you will still need to change the extension as most email clients can now detect the contents of zip files.

Some Alternatives to Email For Sending Restricted File Types.

If you are open to using other services to send files that are normally restricted by email, you can use either of the following services. Both work well, however, offer quite different user experiences.

Option 1: Tor Browser & Onion Share.

If you find yourself sending files of a restricted nature or large files quite often Tor Browser and Onion Share is a great alternative to email. Although it takes a little bit of time to set up. (no more than 5 minutes) it's one of the most secure and safe ways to send/share content online.

Option 2: Firefox Send. (works from any browser, not just Firefox)

If option 1 is a little too time consuming for you, you can use Firefox Send to quickly and easily send files to anyone, anywhere. Firefox Send is is super easy to use, secure and exceptionally fast. Simply upload a file, share the link with the recipient and you’re done.