WhatsApp will enable iOS users to share videos and images in their original fidelity.

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WhatsApp is introducing a new iOS feature that enables users to preserve the original quality of photographs and videos when they share them as documents. The official changelog accompanied by WhatsApp’s 23.24.73 update for iOS indicates that users can now “easily send original quality media as a file,” as opposed to the compressed methods that the messaging application by default employs.

In November, it was observed that a limited number of iOS users were testing this feature; however, it is now available to all users. WhatsApp will enable iOS users to share videos and images in their original fidelity. This is reportedly being rolled out “over the coming weeks,” so its availability on your device may be delayed. However, once it does, you can access it by selecting “Document” and “Choose Photo or Video” from the “+” menu in conversation.

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Appreciants are able to access photographs and videos by tapping the file once it has been sent via WhatsApp; however, previews do not appear in the primary chat interface. The maximum file size that can be transmitted via this feature is 2GB.

Since September of this year, WhatsApp has also been testing the same feature for Android users, indicating that a stable release for Android devices is possible soon.

In the past, it was possible to transmit high-resolution images and videos through WhatsApp by manually converting the file extension to PDF or DOC. Eliminating this additional effort significantly simplifies matters for users, enabling them to share high-quality media in conjunction with the HD Pictures update that WhatsApp introduced this summer. WhatsApp has been contacted regarding the anticipated release date for the same update for Android users; we will revise this article once we receive a response.