To keep systems healthy and accounts safe, Google limits the number of Gmail messages users can send per day, and the number of recipients per message.
If your users exceed an email sending limit, they’ll get an error message, such as:
- You have reached a limit for sending email.
- You reached a Gmail sending limit.
- You exceeded the maximum recipients.
After reaching one of these limits, users can't send new messages for up to 24 hours. However, they can still access their Google Workspace account, get incoming email, and use their other Google services. After the suspension period, sending limits are reset and users can resume sending mail.
Limits for trial accounts
You can try Google Workspace with a free trial account.Free trial account limits
After you convert from a free trial account to a paid subscription, your account sending limits automatically increase when both of the following are true:
- Your domain has cumulatively paid at least USD 100 (or equivalent)
- At least 60 days have passed since reaching that payment threshold
If you bought your domain from Google, the cost to increase your limits is the cost of your domain plus US 100.
When using Google Groups through a Google Workspace free trial account, you might experience the following limits:
- Your sending limits might be lower than the limits in Sending limits, below.
- You can only send group email to recipients inside your organization.
- You can't turn on autoreplies to people outside your organization, even if they're members of a group.
- You can't allow messages flagged by Google’s spam filters to be posted directly to a group.
Sending limits can change without notice. Limits per day are applied over a rolling 24-hour period, not a set time of day.
Messages that counts toward user limits
- Messages sent from a user's alternate address, or alias
- Messages sent by delegated users
- Messages sent by Gmail’s vacation responder
- Sending limits are different if your organization uses the SMTP relay service to route outgoing mail through Google. Instead, go to sending limits for the SMTP relay service.
- Quotas might be different if you're using Google Apps Script.
- The Google Groups for Business service has its own Gmail message and posting limits.
|Maximum messages per day
Daily sending limit per user account*
Messages automatically forwarded to another account, not included in the daily sending limit
|Auto-forward mail filters
Account filters that automatically forward messages
|Recipients per message
Addresses in the To:, Cc:, and Bcc: fields of a single message*
|2,000 total per message
(maximum of 500 external recipients )
|Recipients per message sent with SMTP (by POP or IMAP users) or the Gmail API
Addresses in the To:, Cc:, and Bcc: fields of a single email. Includes messages sent using smtp-relay.gmail.com or smtp.gmail.com*
|Recipients per message sent with GWSMO
Addresses in the To:, Cc:, and Bcc: fields of a single message.*
|Total recipients per day
Email addresses (recipients) count each time a message is sent; 5 messages sent to 10 addresses count as 50 total recipients.*
|External recipients per day
Email addresses outside your primary domain, including domain aliases and alternate domains
Unique recipients per day
*Applies to internal and external recipients
Gmail sending limits for mobile devices
When you use the Gmail for mobile app in Google Sync mode, the same Sending limits apply as when you use Gmail in a web browser.
When you use the Gmail for mobile app in IMAP mode, the SMTP sending limits apply.
Restore a suspended Gmail account
If a user exceeds their sending limits, their account might be suspended. To get details about the number of messages a user has sent and received, follow the steps for Gmail in User reports: Apps usage.
You might be able activate a suspended account by following the steps in Restore a suspended Gmail account.
User accounts that send spam might be permanently restricted from sending email. For details, go to Google's Spam and abuse policy.
Recommended best practices email senders
To help reduce the likelihood that Gmail blocks your messages or marks your messages as spam, follow the guidelines in Prevent mail to Gmail users from being blocked or sent to spam.