How the new WhatsApp option works to send high-quality images

The most used messaging application, WhatsApp, implemented a new function, which allows users to send images with better quality and superior to what it currently offers. The option also allows you to choose an option with the lowest possible resolution, to save data.

In the latest version of the beta, the test version of the platform, for Android phones, the feature is now available, both for individual and group chats, with three options: high resolution, normal compression and data saving mode.

Within the configuration menu, in the “Data storage” section, go to the “Photo upload quality” option, within the “File upload quality” option.

Once inside we will see the alternatives, and the platform details that “the best quality photos are heavier and take longer to send.” The options are three: automatic -the recommended, with normal compression-, better quality and saving data, which sends them with less resolution, is sent faster and uses less data.

Until now, the images and videos sent through WhatsApp were compressed automatically, so that certain content could lose quality compared to the original file. The advantage is that the sending is faster and consumes less data, both for the sender and the recipient.

The trick to send photos without losing quality

As this option is not yet available to all users, or many prefer to configure the sending of images in low quality except in specific situations, there is an alternative to share photos -or videos- without losing quality. The trick? Send the files as documents instead of images.

The first step is to tap on the paperclip icon (the one used to attach). Then you have to select the option “Document”. Remember that by choosing “Gallery” you will select the photo or video, and quality will be lost along the way.

Once inside that section, click on “Find other documents”, which appears at the top. This option will take you to the storage of your device and you will be able to navigate with the labels through the different content categories: images, videos, audios and other documents. In this case, we will look for a photo to share and simply touch “Send”.

As you can see in the following screenshot, the shipment is not shown in the chat with the classic thumbnail of the image. Instead, the name of the file and its format appear.

Finally, let’s check the result: from WhatsApp, I downloaded both images that show the day I ventured to prepare kneidalaj, a dish from Jewish cuisine: the one sent as a document and the one that traveled as an image. In the first case we see that it has a resolution of 3456 x 4608 pixels; the second lost a lot of quality along the way, at 1200 x 1599 pixels.

Bear in mind: this trick is valid for both individual and group chats. Finally, it is important to mention that this method is convenient with some specific files (those that need good quality) and not in all cases, since it will occupy more space on the device and in certain circumstances will generate a greater consumption of data.


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