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  • Writer's pictureYash Gupta

Say Goodbye to Blurry Media: WhatsApp Rolls Out HD Photo and Video Sharing

HD images on WhatsApp

WhatsApp, while being one of the most widely used chat apps globally, has had its limitations when it comes to sending photos and videos. Traditionally, the app imposed a 16MB limit on media sent, and it compressed the content to save space. Unfortunately, this compression often resulted in lower quality images and videos, which can be frustrating given the capabilities of modern smartphone cameras.

However, there's good news for WhatsApp users as the platform has made significant improvements in photo and video sharing quality. On August 11th, Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp now supports high-quality photo sharing. Initially, this update did not include support for HD videos, but the company quietly added this feature a week later.

Here's how to make the most of this new high-quality feature on WhatsApp:

1. High-Quality Photo Sharing: When you attempt to share a photo or video in WhatsApp, you may notice a new "HD" button next to the crop tool. This button allows you to choose between sending the media in "standard quality" or "HD quality." The "standard quality" option applies the familiar compression that WhatsApp has used for years, reducing the quality of larger photos. On the other hand, the "HD quality" option lets you share your photos and videos with more detail, closer to the quality you'd expect in messaging apps like Apple's Messages.

2. HD Videos: While WhatsApp's "HD" videos max out at 720p, even if the original video was recorded in higher resolutions like 1080p or 4K, it still represents a significant improvement over the standard quality, which drops the resolution to around 480p. So, your videos on WhatsApp will look better than ever with this update.

3. Photo Quality: While WhatsApp still applies some compression to photos sent via the "HD Quality" setting, they will look noticeably better than before, potentially even better than their "HD" video counterparts.

4. Limited to High-Quality Media: It's important to note that the "HD" option only appears for media files large enough to justify high-quality settings. If WhatsApp doesn't deem the photo or video as high-quality, you'll only be able to send it in standard definition.

This feature has been in development for a while, with WhatsApp testing high-quality image sharing in beta versions as far back as June.

If you're looking to send even higher-quality videos on WhatsApp, there's a workaround. Instead of sending videos as videos, you can send them as documents. WhatsApp has a 100MB limit on documents, and practically anything can be treated as a "document." By using this method, you can send videos without compression, preserving their full quality (as long as they're under 100MB). For longer videos and larger files, alternative sharing methods like Dropbox or Google Drive might be necessary to maintain quality.

In summary, WhatsApp's new high-quality photo and video-sharing feature is a welcome enhancement, offering users the ability to share media with improved clarity and detail. While there are still some limitations, these improvements signify a positive step forward in enhancing the overall WhatsApp experience.


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