Gmail sending limits in Google Workspace

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 this 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

Google Workspace free trial accounts have different limits than paid accounts, and limits aren’t increased during the free trial period.

To learn how to convert to a paid account, cancel your free trial account, and find out when your trial ends, go to About your Google Workspace free trial.
Convert to a paid account
To convert to a paid account, follow the steps in About your Google Workspace free trial.
Limits increase for paid accounts

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.

Limits for Drive and Groups with free trial accounts
When using Google Drive through a Google Workspace free trial account, you can share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with people inside and outside your organization. If you reach the Gmail trial limit, you can continue to share with people outside your organization, but they won't get the sharing email notifications.

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.

Gmail sending limits

Sending limits can change without notice. Limits per day are applied over a rolling 24-hour period, not a set time of day.

Notes:

Limit type Limit
Messages per day
Daily sending limit*
2,000 (500 for trial accounts)
Messages auto-forwarded
Messages automatically forwarded to another account, not included in the daily sending limit
10,000
Auto-forward mail filters
Account filters that automatically forward mail
20
Recipients per message
Addresses in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of a single email*
2,000 total per message
(maximum of 500 external recipients)
Recipients per message sent via SMTP (by POP or IMAP users) or the Gmail API
Addresses in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of a single email. Includes email sent using smtp-relay.gmail.com or smtp.gmail.com*
100
Total recipients per day
Email addresses (recipients) count each time a message is sent; 5 emails sent to 10 addresses count as 50 total recipients.*
10,000
External recipients per day
Email addresses outside your primary domain, including domain aliases and alternate domains
3,000

Unique recipients per day
Each email address (each unique recipient) counts only once per day:

  • 5 emails sent to 10 different addresses count as 10 unique recipients*
  • 5 emails sent to a single address count as 1 unique recipient*
3,000 (2,000 external, 500 external for trial accounts)

*Applies to internal and external recipients

What also counts toward users' limits

  • Mail sent from a user's alternate address, or alias
  • Mail sent by delegated users
  • Mail sent from Gmail’s vacation responder

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 IMAP sending limits apply.

Restore a suspended Gmail account

Administrators can check the Users section of the Google Admin console to find details about which limits were reached. Sometimes administrators can restore access. For instructions, go to Restore a suspended Gmail account.

Accounts that are detected as sending spam might be permanently restricted from sending email. For details, go to Google's Spam and abuse policy.

Best practices for sending mail

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.

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