Sending documents, images, videos, or any other type of file via Discord is usually quite simple.
Unfortunately, due to the rapid growth of Discord’s userbase, the maximum file size for uploads has been limited to 8MB. Today, it isn’t uncommon to want to share files larger than 8MB.
An image at 4K resolution can easily be above 8MB, with high-resolution video being much larger.
Is there a way to bypass this file size limit? This guide will show you your options.
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The simplest way to bypass a server’s maximum file size is with a Discord Nitro subscription. This premium plan provides several extra features and upgrades the user’s file upload limit. This upgrade applies to any server or direct message.
This solution is not free. Discord Nitro costs $10 a month. This will give you a 100MB upload file size limit.
If $10 a month sounds like too much, you could consider Nitro Classic, which is only $5 a month. However, the file upload limit will be 50MB instead, which is still more than enough to upload high-resolution images and videos.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can subscribe to Discord Nitro:
- Open Discord.
- Go to User Settings.
- Open the Discord Nitro tab.
- In this tab, you should be able to see an obvious Subscribe button. Click it.
- Choose whether you want a yearly or monthly subscription. Yearly is cheaper overall.
- On the next screen, select your payment type, add your credit card information and complete the process.
If you have successfully subscribed to Nitro, you should receive some kind of confirmation on the Discord app or in a confirmation email. Once you have, go to any server or DM a friend and share your files.
Third-Party File Upload Sites
The best alternative to Nitro is to use a third-party file-sharing website to send your friend the file. This is not exactly a bypass for Discord, but many sharing options are completely free.
We recommend trying WeTransfer, as it supports uploads up to 2GB and doesn’t require any kind of account registration. You could also check out Easyupload or some of the other leading file hosting services such as OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
Here’s a short guide on using WeTransfer to share files:
- Go to WeTransfer.
- On the first screen, you will be prompted to sign up for free or get WeTransfer Pro. You probably don’t want to do either, so click I just want to send files.
- Click the plus icon, find for your file and select it.
- With the file uploaded, click on the three blue dots to expand WeTransfer’s settings.
- You will see two options. Either send through email or get a transfer link. We recommend the transfer link, as you can simply send it via Discord later.
- Click Get A Link, wait for the file to upload, and send the link to your friend.
That’s it! You have successfully bypassed the annoying 8MB file limit on Discord.
Your third option is to use Discord’s server boosting feature. However, we don’t recommend going down this route because it is the most expensive. In addition, the file size limit will only be removed on the server that has been boosted.
It is a good idea to use Server Boosts only if you can find multiple other members to help you boost the server. This will make it cost less for you, otherwise, you would be required to pay about $35 every month.
If you decide to go down this route, here’s what you need to do:
- Open Discord and go to the server you want to boost.
- Click on the server name (top-left) and then Server Boost.
- On the next screen, you should see the different levels available and the perks they each include. Level 2 perk is what we’re looking for, so click on Boost This Server.
- To get a server to Level 2, you will need 7 server boosts, so be sure to pick 7 boosts when prompted. Or you can split those 7 boosts with other users.
- Click Continue, select your payment type, enter your details and make the purchase.
After the purchase has been processed, the server should be boosted to Level 2, allowing all members to share up to 50MB files.
Alternatively, you could get Discord Nitro which gives you 2 boosts by default and a 30% discount on any future boosts (for as long as you are subscribed). The total cost would be $27.50 instead of $35 and you can also enjoy the benefits of Discord Nitro.
Join Boosted Servers
This last alternative won’t always work, but it is worth a try if you don’t want to spend money on Nitro or Server Boosts. You could join one of the many public servers that have already been boosted and share the files with your friends there.
Keep in mind that the files you share will be available to every other member on that part of the server.
To find a server, go on Discord and click Explore Public Servers. Check out different servers and see which ones have already been boosted. Once you have sent the file, you can leave the server and rejoin it later if needed.
The solutions above are some of the best ways you can bypass Discord’s file size limit. If we find any other useful solutions in the future, you will be able to find them here.