WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature on iOS, as reported by WABetaInfo. The official changelog for WhatsApp’s 23.24.73 update on iOS now includes the option for users to easily send original quality media as a file.
This feature allows users to share photos and videos while preserving their original quality, offering an alternative to the default compression methods used by the messaging app.
The update, spotted by WABetaInfo, aims to provide users with more flexibility in how they share and maintain the quality of their media files on the platform.
After being tested with a limited group of users in November, WhatsApp is now officially releasing a feature allowing all iOS users to share photos and videos in their original quality. The changelog indicates a gradual rollout “over the coming weeks,” so it may take some time to reach all devices.
To utilise this feature, users can tap the “+” in chat, choose “Document,” and then select “Choose Photo or Video.” Recipients can view the media by tapping into the file on WhatsApp, although previews do not appear in the main chat interface.
It’s worth noting that there is a 2GB limit on the files that can be sent using this new feature.
Since at least September of this year, WhatsApp has been testing the same feature for Android users. This suggests that a stable release for Android devices may be on the horizon, which will allow users on both iOS and Android platforms to share photos and videos in their original quality as documents.
Before this update, users had resorted to workarounds like changing the file extension to PDF or DOC manually to send full-resolution photos and videos via WhatsApp.
The new feature eliminates the need for such manual interventions, making it much simpler for users to share high-quality media. This enhancement complements the HD Pictures update introduced by WhatsApp earlier this summer.