Messenger platforms like WhatsApp have certainly revolutionized the way we chat. In the past when SMS and MMS were the standard messaging platforms, there was a limit to not only the number of characters in a message, but also its file size and file type, but WhatsApp and other platforms changed that.
These days, sending a photo or video through WhatsApp is a pretty painless process, but of course there are some limits. According to WhatsApp, the current limit they have imposed is capped at 16MB for both photos and videos, and up to 100MB for files like documents.
Typically speaking, 16MB is more than enough for the majority of photos, but the problem is that photos sent through WhatsApp are further compressed to make them send and download faster, which isn’t a bad thing, but not so good if you’re trying to share something that’s high-resolution and you want to preserve the details, so we’ve listed a couple of different ways to get around that.
Send uncompressed images on WhatsApp
The first method involves changing some settings in WhatsApp. WhatsApp lets you choose the quality of the file you’re sending and usually this is set to automatic, but you can force it to send a higher quality file if you want.
- Launch WhatsApp
- Tap on Settings
- Tap on Storage and Data
- Tap on Media Upload Quality at the bottom
- Tap on Best quality
As WhatsApp notes, selecting Best quality could result in files taking longer to be uploaded or downloaded, but if you have good cell coverage or are connected to a decently fast WiFi network, this shouldn’t be an issue.
That being said, Best quality still compresses images albeit to a lesser degree, but what if you didn’t want uncompressed images at all? Then this is what you need to do:
- Launch WhatsApp
- Open the chat you want to send the image to
- Tap the paperclip icon
- Tap on Document
- Browse to the location where the photo is being kept
- Tap on the image to select it and send
Like we said earlier, file size limits for non-photo and video files are capped at 100MB, so if you have an image file larger than that, this method won’t work, but anyway, for the most part unless you’re sending a super high-resolution RAW photo file, 100MB should be more than enough for the majority of photos out there.