Share media files with their original quality through WhatsApp

WhatsApp lets you send photos, music, videos, voice memos, animated GIFs and even documents like MS Word or PDF files. In its bid to save Internet bandwidth, WhatsApp uses lossy compression to decrease the size of media files, while uploading them to their servers. So, when you share a photo, music or a video on WhatsApp, the recipient usually gets a lower quality version of that original file.

Send original high quality photos, music, videos on WhatsApp

However, if you are an iPhone user, the following workaround will allow you to send photos, music and videos to your WhatsApp contacts in their original quality.

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Stop WhatsApp from compressing photos, videos & audios

WhatsApp uses different compression techniques to compress different types of media files, namely photos, music (audio) and videos. But it does not apply any compression while sharing documents. If we can somehow share photos, videos or music using the Document Sharing option, it will be uploaded to WhatsApp servers without any compression, and receivers will be able to download them in their original quality.

On iOS, WhatsApp implements the document sharing feature using Document Provider extension. It allows you to pick files stored within other third-party file storage apps and send them to your desired WhatsApp contact. However, only a handful of apps on the App Store implement Document Provider extension. Documents is one such noteworthy app.

The below steps demonstrate how to share photos, music and videos on WhatsApp, without losing quality (lossless transfer), using the Documents app.

  1. Download and install the Documents app from the App Store.
  2. Copy the desired media file (photo, video or music file) that you want to share on WhatsApp, into the Documents app, via Share menu, iTunes or any other suitable means.
  3. Open WhatsApp and select the conversation where you want to share the file.
  4. Tap on the ‘+’ icon next to the chat bubble and select Document.
  5. You should now see a list of apps that implement the Document Provider extension, in which Documents app should be present. If it’s not, tap on ‘More…’ at the bottom of the list and ensure that the toggle next to Documents app is enabled.
  6. Once you select Documents, you will now be taken into the app, from where you can select any WhatsApp compatible file (including photos, music or videos) from within its storage.
  7. Once you select the file, tap OK on the confirmation prompt.

That’s it! The selected file will now be shared with your desired WhatsApp contact in its original quality, regardless of the smartphone platform (iOS, Android, Windows) that they are using. Since it’s shared as a document, it skips any compression algorithms that would have otherwise been applied, if the conventional media sharing method had been used.

This workaround only works on the iOS version of WhatsApp. On Android, WhatsApp has full control on the devices’ storage and restricts users to picking specific file types only (text, PDF or Office files) using the Document option. And while picking different media files using the corresponding file sharing options, it automatically applies the respective compression algorithms, which in turn degrades file quality.

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Does sending photos and videos on WhatsApp reduce quality?

If you send photos and videos normally through WhatsApp, by choosing the “Photo & Video Library” option while choosing an attachment type, the app will compress them to optimize size and bandwidth.

How can I send WhatsApp images without losing quality?

You can send full resolution images without losing quality by sending them as documents instead of photos. When you want to share an image in a WhatsApp chat, choose the “Document” option instead of the usual “Photo & Video Library” option. You can learn more about the process by reading this article.

How can I send more than 30 photos on WhatsApp?

Normally, when you share photos and videos on WhatsApp, you cannot share more than 30 photos at once. However, you can share more than 30 photos in full resolution, by compressing them together in a ZIP file, and then sending it as a “Document”.

How do I send a high quality video on WhatsApp?

To send an uncompressed video on WhatsApp, tap on the plus icon on a particular chat and select “Document” (instead of “Photo & Video Library”) and proceed with adding the videos that you want to share. The maximum size per file allowed on WhatsApp is 150MB.

How can I send large video on WhatsApp iPhone?

You can send just about any large file on WhatsApp, as long as it is less than 150MB. The “Document” type in WhatsApp attachments lets you share photos, videos, music, Word & PDF files, compressed ZIP files, and more, from your Android or iOS device. When you want to share the video, make sure you choose the “Document” option instead of the usual “Photo & Video Library” option. Read this article for more information.

What is the video size limit for WhatsApp?

Normally, the allowed size limit for sharing videos on WhatsApp is 16MB. However, when you share a video as a “Document” on WhatsApp, the maximum size allowed per file is 150MB.

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