I designed this article to reveal a simple procedure to prevent the compressing of images on WhatsApp. Now you can share them without losing quality.
Hello, I’m Frankie and my article is going to explain how to send photos (and yes even videos) on WhatsApp with no quality loss. Whether you have an iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac – I have a solution for you.
You might be thinking:
so it is true that WhatsApp reduces the quality of my shared pictures by compressing their size?
Why do they do this?
I am going to tell you more about this once I help you send photos and videos without compromising original high qualities.
Quick Note: if you have media on WhatsApp and want to save it in its original quality and size, you have to ask the sender to give it you with the same procedure I’m going to walk you through in this article.
If you’re looking to save a contact’s profile image, I would suggest clicking that hyperlink.
I can walk you through sharing a photo (or HD video) in its highest possible quality.
You might be surprised to realize just how easy this process actually is.
What you need to do is bypass the default of sharing a photo with your contacts, and instead, send it as a regular file.
This process differs slightly between iOS devices and Android phones.
Sending an Uncompressed Photo in WhatsApp Using Android
No matter the Android device (Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc), this process is the same.
- Open the app and enter the chat where you wish to send the photo.
- Click on the paperclip (DO NOT SELECT PHOTO).
- Instead of photo, you are going to click on the Documents option with the text file icon.
- Now, you can choose browse other documents and open up a file manager for your device. The photo should be with images, likely in the Recent menu. If it isn’t, tap on the three parallel dashes in the top right and choose Images from the menu and then Camera.
If you are someone who likes this much more streamlined and simple,
- Click on the paperclip in the chat.
- Tap on Documents > Browse other documents > Images > Camera
- Choose the desired picture
By doing it this way, you send the file in its original quality without resizing or a quality reduction.
Sending a Photo on WhatsApp Without Compression Using iOS
It is a different procedure on an iPhone, because you add a step to open the gallery of your personal photos.
Here are the directions you can follow to send pictures in their original size through WhatsApp chats.
- Start by opening the messaging app and choosing the conversation where you want to send this picture.
- Tap “New Group” on the drop-down menu listings.
- Now, select the Share button.
- Next, choose the file – and on the sharing options – save it on iBooks.
- You’ve created a shareable pdf file. You can send this over to a recipient and they will get a full resolution photo able to be renamed .jpg.
This is simple – if you have taken the photo with a reflex – you can expect the file to be large.
So, here is what you should consider.
Files more than 16 MB cannot get sent on WhatsApp, and because of this, you mght consider whether to use WiFi or data traffic.
Sending Full Resolution Photos on WhatsApp with Mac or PC
- First, open WhatsApp Web or the app on your computer.
- Next, enter the chat where you want to share the image.
- Choose the Share button.
- Select Documents, indicated by a text file icon.
- Select Browse Other Documents so you can reach a management hub.
- Upload a picture and then send it.
Why is Photo Quality Reduced on WhatsApp?
It is a default management of shared files to lower their quality and size.
WhatsApp already automatically compresses photos shared with your contacts.
Shared media is already compressed by the app, which means that it is losing quality and definition right away.
There is a good reason for it. With a huge number of files transferring every minute on the site, this optimizes how these files send to reduce the negative effect on the bandwidth.
WhatsApp is one of the most heavily used messengers in the world, if they did not compress images as a default, they would run out of space on their servers at times.
Though we have shown you how to share photos and videos on WhatsApp as documents, there are three key things to keep in mind:
Let’s take a look.
1) More internet is consumed with this approach.
Data traffic generated by WhatsApp to share these document (HD images and video) is higher than the default method.
What this means is, if you are somewhere where you are not on WiFi, you can up your data consumption on your mobile device.
2) Sending the photo takes longer.
Sending and even receiving HQ photos and videos will take longer to open than traditional sizes.
If the file is larger, naturally you will need more time to get it delivered.
3) Your recipient cannot preview pictures sent as documents.
If you have sent something as a document file, the drawback is that you do not have the ability to look at a preview of the image.
Files get downloaded in their original sizes with this approach, and get opened up in any app capable of managing images.
This is a hack ideal for sharing a smaller volume of images over time.
If you want to share an entire album worth of images, you are better off to actually create a new album with Google Photo via the app on your phone. This app can handle archives and create a backup.
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If you have any questions or concerns, I am always around to answer them for you.