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On some occasions, RAR attachments simply remain blocked in Gmail due to security reasons.Certain Gmail file format limitations are the culprit, so let’s see how to avoid getting this error.
However, there are also quite a few file formats Google doesn’t really support in Gmail.
A Blocked for security reasons error message appears when Gmail users try to attach certain file formats to their emails. Then the users need to find another way to send the files.
Gmail blocks numerous file types primarily to stop virus attachments. Users can’t attach EXE, DLL, DMG, VB, CMD, BAT, JAR, VBS, JSE, PIF, VXD, JSE, APK, INS, SCT, MSI among other formats.
Also, one can’t attach programs, scripts, software installers, and batch files to Gmail emails.
On the other hand, Gmail doesn’t block clean ZIP and RAR archive formats. This is why some Gmail users are surprised when getting a Blocked for security reasons message for such files.
However, you can’t attach RAR and ZIP archives to emails if they include file types and formats Gmail blocks.
As such, archiving EXE and other files that Gmail blocks does not enable you to attach them to emails.
What to do if Gmail is blocking ZIP files/RAR archive?
1. Consider using a different email client
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3. Edit the file extensions included within the RAR archive
Select the File name extensions checkbox on that tab.Open the folder where you’ve saved the files you need to include in your RAR archive.Then, change the extension at the end of the file to an alternative format, and press the Enter key (eg. change an EXE to a PNG).Change the formats of all the files in the RAR archive with acceptable ones.Finally, simply set up your RAR archive with the files you modified.Changing the files included within the RAR archive to formats that Gmail doesn’t block is a quick workaround to take into consideration.
You can set up a new RAR archive with the modified file formats and attach it to an email, as described above.
Do keep in mind that the recipient will need to restore the files included within the RAR archive to their original formats.
4. Send the RAR as a Google Drive link
Click the My Drive button to open the menu.Select Upload files to open the Open window.Then select your RAR file to save in Google Drive, and click the Open button.Click the Get sharable link to turn on link sharing.Press the Done button.Open Gmail in your browser.Click the Compose button to open Gmail’s email text editor.Select the Drive link option if it’s now already selected.Click the Insert button.Then you can send the email with a Google Drive link for the RAR. The recipient can select to download the file from the URL.
Alternatively, you can send a RAR file that Gmail would otherwise block by inserting it from Google Drive.
This means you need to save the RAR in your GD storage. Then you can select to insert files from GD in Gmail.
One last note, you could also save the RAR to a file host, and then send a URL for the file to the recipient. This software guide provides further details for the best file-sharing applications.
So that’s how you can send a RAR file, and any other file, that Gmail usually blocks via email.
Have you used any of these methods? Please drop us a line in the comments section below and share your experience with us.