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"You have reached a limit for sending mail" error

To help prevent spam and keep accounts safe, Gmail limits the number of emails you can send per day, and the number of people you can add as recipients.

How to fix the problem

Look at the reasons below to learn how to prevent seeing this message in the future.

Note: If you use your Gmail account through your work, school, or other organization, learn about Google Apps sending limits.

You sent a message to a large group of people

You may see this message if you send an email to more than 500 recipients in a single email, or send more than 500 emails in a day.

When you get this error, you should be able to send mails again within 1 to 24 hours.

To prevent this from happening in the future, try creating a Google Group of all your email recipients and sending the message to that group's email address.

"Messages you sent couldn't be delivered"

You might see this error if a large number of emails you send:

  • Can't be delivered because the recipient's email address is invalid
  • Bounce from the recipient's email server

You may be able to send emails again after 24 hours.

To prevent this from happening in the future, check your recipient's' email addresses before sending to make sure they're up to date.

One of your recipients is a Google+ contact

You may see this message if you're replying to or sending an email whose recipients include a Google+ connection. This error isn't caused by breaking Gmail's sending limits, but is an issue that's being fixed by Gmail.

To prevent this from happening in the future, remove that recipient from the message.

Tips for sending bulk emails

If you're sending many emails at a time, or emails to large groups, review our bulk senders guidelines.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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