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Find out how to ship images in top quality on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is on a roll in 2023. After introducing the Chat Lock feature, the instant messaging app added various new features like message editing and screen sharing. Meta has now unveiled another highly anticipated feature that is making to the app: the ability to send high-resolution images without loosing quality. So, how can you enable this option? Here’s everything you need to know.

WhatsApp used to have a workaround for sending images in high quality — by sending photos individually as documents. However, this method wasn’t user-friendly, as users had to manually open and save each photo to their gallery. The scenario has changed though. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that WhatsApp will soon allow sharing photos in HD quality natively, without any extra steps. To send photos in HD quality, follow these steps:

  • Launch WhatsApp and head over to the chat where you wish to send the picture.
  • Use the camera in WhatsApp to take a new picture, or choose existing images from your device using the file picker.
  • After selecting the images, tap Done to enter the image editing screen.
  • Here you’ll notice a new button labeled “HD” beside the crop button.
  • Click on it to send the images in high quality. The app will also inform you about the size difference between a Standard Quality and HD Quality image.
  • Finally, hit Done and then press the send button.

It’s worth noting when you send images in high resolution, they come with an “HD” label in the bottom corner. Using this feature, WhatsApp allows sending images with resolutions as high as 18MP, but usually, you’ll be sending 12MP pictures taken by the best smartphones available, so you’re covered there. This feature also works for videos, although currently, the highest quality allowed for videos is 720p.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to set default settings at the moment. Thus, you’ll need to tap the HD icon every time you want to send high-quality photos on WhatsApp — we might see a setting in the future, but there is no option for now. HD photos on WhatsApp also means that the app will be taking more space, so remember to review your auto-download settings.

By the way, if you don’t see the HD icon on your device yet, fret not. WhatsApp has just begun rolling out this feature, and it should be available on all devices in the coming weeks. Just make sure you have the downloaded the latest version of the app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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