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WhatsApp can now send photos and videos in full quality without compression

WhatsApp is finally allowing users to send uncompressed photos. (Image: Samsung / Meta, edited)
WhatsApp is finally allowing users to send uncompressed photos. (Image: Samsung / Meta, edited)

WhatsApp has been allowing users to send photos in 4K resolution for a few months now, and soon it will be possible to send complete images and videos in full resolution without first having to compress these files into a zip archive.

Hannes Brecher (translated by Jacob Fisher), Published 🇩🇪

Back in August, Meta announced that WhatsApp users would soon be able to send photos in 4K resolution by tapping an “HD” icon before sending. Although this option allows photos to be sent in higher quality, they are still reduced to a resolution of 4096 pixels on the longer side and compressed to save storage space. This feature was introduced with WhatsApp version 23.11.0.76 on iOS and 2.23.12.13 on Android.

As WABetaInfo has now discovered, Meta is going one big step further with the update to version 23.24.73. Instead of simply compressing photos and videos a little less, they can now be sent completely without compression. To achieve this, users must select “Document” instead of “Photo and Video Library” after tapping the “Plus” button next to the text input. The option to select images or videos then appears. The Messages app advises that files are limited to 2 GB.

As WABetaInfo notes, the rollout of this update for the Apple iPhone is already underway, so the first users already have access to this feature, while others should receive it within the next few days or weeks. It is currently unclear when this function will be offered to Android users, but it usually takes no longer than a few weeks for new features to be rolled out for other WhatsApp versions. The latest WhatsApp version also introduces new speech bubbles that indicate missed calls, as well as new reactions to messages based on your WhatsApp avatar.

Hannes Brecher, 2023-12- 5 (Update: 2023-12- 5)

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