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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Published by Deepak Jain

Deepak Jain is passionate about technology and mobile phones. He is the founder & executive editor at Mobile Gyaan and Editor-at-Large of this blog.

19 replies on “Gmail – Email Sending Limit of 500!”

  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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 ?


    1. @Wael
      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.

  4. 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?


  5. 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

    1. 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 !!!

  6. hi,
    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…


  7. 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.

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