Gmail – Email Sending Limit of 500!

Gmail, is among one of the best free e-mail services available on the Internet. Right from the day of its launch on April 1, 2004, people started appreciating it. If you remember, not so long before, to open Gmail account you needed an invitation from existing Gmail users. According to a Wiki entry, Gmail invitation were being sold on eBay for as high as $150 per invite. Infact, even my friends offered me 300 INR to send them Gmail invite. πŸ˜‰

The point of telling all this is, Gmail remained free since it launch, eventhough some people made money selling Gmail invite. Gmail also offered best service with ever growing storage space. But when it comes to sending email, they have limit like most other free service.

As per this article from Gmail help, I was astonished to know that…

Google will temporarily disable your account if you send a message to more than 500 recipients or if you send a large number of undeliverable messages.

Even worse, those access Gmail via POP or IMAP interface, limit is as low as 100.

Like me if you are also unaware about this fact, then recheck the recipients address once again before hitting the send button, as exceeding its limits or sending many mails to invalid ids may temporarily disable your account. πŸ˜‰

Added by Editor:

Gmail’s disabling of your account prevent you from sending mails only. This is to just prevent spammer abusing their server. Many free email services enforces limit like this. But if you keep pushing limit more often you may end up with your account getting deleted.

As festival season is around, do not get panic if your account get temporarily disabled when you send wished to more than 500 people. Actually this is the reason, I never sent any greetings via email to all on special occasions. I have contact list of more than 2000 and picking 500 is not an easy job! πŸ˜‰

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Vishal October 3, 2008

500 Recipients ?? Not a joke πŸ™‚

Deepak October 3, 2008

Buddy do you think its sufficient?
Why don’t you consider the case of Rahul.. He is unable to send even greetings via E-mail πŸ™

Vishal October 3, 2008

Ohhhhhhh….its not sufficient dude πŸ™‚

Deepak October 3, 2008

Oops.. I misunderstood πŸ™
Yep.. By exploring google services I am getting all the flaws in them πŸ˜›

saeed October 3, 2008

is this matter the same when we try sending different mails??
i mean first if wend to 500 people an email.. then another 500 people another email…

Rahul Bansal October 8, 2008

I guess limit is for single mail only… πŸ™‚

Venkatesh November 15, 2008

when i am sending to friends 139

when my friend see the mail it shows from address as mine casual.

but in to address it showing total 139 people email addresses.

How can i change it to with out seeing others email id

Rahul Bansal November 25, 2008

Sorry buddy but didnt get your question? πŸ™

shalin desai January 1, 2009

@ Rahul,

From what I have understood of Venkatesh’s question, I think he is asking that how can he send a mail to 139 friends without letting them know to which all ids was the mail sent ?

and I think following is the answer from DW :


Rahul Bansal January 3, 2009

May be you are right. πŸ™‚
Thanks for answering it… πŸ™‚

Sriganesh January 8, 2009

Ah.. I just kinda close to the limit.
And Gmail doesn’t want me to send more mails.
Check out the screenshot here.

Wael June 2, 2009

Hey guys,
I got a question, gmail has a limit of 500 recipient for the same email right?
If i had an application (runs every night) that send mails to people, each email is different than the other, is there a limit to that ?


Rahul Bansal June 5, 2009

I guess limit will be there no matter how do you access Gmail.

If you are running a web-based application, you better try mail function or similar function available in scripting language on your server.

Murthy January 6, 2010

I run a small business and I have to send 10,000 emails a day. I am unable to do it with gmail.

Can anyone help me how I can send 10,000 emails in single shot?


Tariq Ziad February 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

I run a property business and I have to send 5,000 emails a day. I am unable to do it with gmail.

Can anyone help me how I can send 5,000 emails in single shot?

Tariq Ziad

JAY May 30, 2010

hi, i sent 500 emails to my data base in 1 day & now ive been blocked for 3.5 days………..i cant even send 1 reply to one person …….IM STUFFED THANX TO GMAIL !!!! LOOKING TO CHANGE NOW BECAUSE OF THIS !!!

JAY May 30, 2010

i thought gmail was meant to be the best !!! ???

Jose October 7, 2010

i hv one gmail account, same id is using in orkut also but right now i want to change my id so any option is there to get same frndz and data from old id to new id in orkut…


bb goyal April 11, 2011

the limit of 500 emails is for each day, not in single instance. even if u r using outlook or using smtp service of google mail, the same limit is applicable for each day.