How to upload/send high quality photos, videos on WhatsApp?

👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 25 May 2022    📁 TECH

WhatsApp is currently the most popular messaging application available, and it can be used on mobile devices as well as desktop computers to make voice calls, video calls, send messages, share photos and videos, and more. It's possible that while using WhatsApp, you've already shared photographs and videos with your contacts through chats and the Whatsapp Status feature. If the answer is yes, your buddy will likely blame you for sending or sharing low-quality images or videos and will ask you to email the photos again so that they can be resent in a higher quality.

Actually, it's not your fault; Whatsapp automatically compresses any media before saving it to storage, including images and videos. Therefore, Whatsapp is the one responsible for all of the actions related to the compression of the image. If you find that this is an issue for you, then this post will help you through the process of uploading high-quality films and photographs to WhatsApp so that you can wow your friend.

It is interesting to note that WhatsApp compresses media files so well that the quality decrease is almost visually not perceived by humans eye- at least for the general WhatsApp user.

Why does WhatsApp Decrease Quality?

The quality of an image is determined by two factors: the quality of the camera and the quality of the image processing. The first factor is highly variable and can be caused by a number of different factors. The app itself is the second factor. The app will either process the image or filter it first. In the latter case, it will employ an optical flow filter, which reduces sharpness and color saturation even further.

Not only WhatsApp but also other messaging apps such as Messenger, do the same thing. There could be several reasons for the poor quality of images on WhatsApp, some of which are listed below.

  • WhatsApp saves space on its Servers and it saves millions of dollars for them.
  • Decrease Image Downloading Traffic from the server.
  • Viewers will get the media(image, video) in less time.
  • Whatsapp is not a media-sharing app and focuses mainly on communication rather than sharing media. So they do not focus on the quality of the image.
  • Whatsapp is mainly for conversion and focuses on sharing images then speedy conversation (mainly text messages) cannot be maintained.
  • WhatsApp is targeting countries with lower internet speed(say. 2g and 3g connection) country and most of the users even with a low internet connection use Whatsapp so focusing on their compression features helps to send the message and receive it at a fast rate.
Note: WhatsApp will reduce image quality any way regardless of your internet connection speed. 

Configure  upload quality to "Best Quality."

Before doing any of the below mention steps you have to be sure that you have set Photo Upload quality to Best Quality via settings. Setting the best quality does not imply sending the original full-resolution image. Instead, you'll only be able to send the highest quality that WhatsApp supports, which is all we can do. This new WhatsApp feature allows you to send higher-resolution images.

The steps are as follows and apply for both android and iOS.

1 At the top right corner, click on 3 dots for android, and for iOS click on 3 dots located in the lower right corner.

2 Then Tab to Settings

3 Next screen tab to Storage and data

4 Tab to Photo upload quality at the bottom.

fig. Set setting to Best Quality


5 Then you will see 3 options, first Auto, second Best quality and third we have Data saver.

If you are serious about photo quality then set it to the Best quality.

Note If you choose "Auto," WhatsApp will decide what to do with the image quality. If you choose "Data Saver," however, your image quality will be compressed very much, which will lower the quality of the image in the end. 

Methods for Sending High-Quality Media on Whatsapp

Now let's look at methods for Sending High-Quality Media on Whatsapp

  • Using Document Option
  • Using Compress Image apps
  • Using Google Drive
Also read: Whatsapp technology stack

Note that Whatsapp is not the best app for sharing high-quality images but if it is an emergency you can use it.

Also, it should be noted that When you send any image either png, jpeg, webp, BMP, tiff, gif, etc in a normal way then it will automatically convert into a jpeg file format which is the default behavior. Whatsapp does this because the jpg/jpeg file is a compressed file and the png is a non-compressed file.

1 Using Document Options

We can send pictures and videos in Whatapps as documents. Whatsapp uses no compression while sharing media as documents.

Whatapps developed these features for sending documents like pdf documents, word documents, etc to the users. But you can use it for pictures and videos as well.

You can send only 100MB size media (pictures, pdfs, docs, videos) using document features. This much space is enough for sending single pictures and some videos which is less than 100MB.

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Here, I am using an android phone for performing these actions:

1  Open Whatsapp and go to Chat Tab and select Recipient to whom you want to share media(videos, pictures).


2  Click on Attach icon 

Then click on the Document icon

attached document whatsapp

4  Select Browse other docs

whatsapp browse other data

Choose your media(images, videos) from the list and click on send.

select-image-from-list whatsapp

Then will get your media as shown below.

Note that documents sent via document options cannot be previewed.

Here, the Actual size of the image on phone is 4.9 MB and when I upload this photo on WhatsApp as a document then it is sent as it is.No compression performed here.

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Let's compare an image sent by using document options and another image sent using general ways.

compressed image vs uncompressed image whatsapp

2 Using Rename Techniques

1  Rename your file extension to something like .pdf or .doc. 
       For example, I want to send a high-quality image say abc.jpg image then rename it to abc.doc.

       Note that you will not be able to preview this changed image but image data are preserved.

2 Send it via the document option.

3 Recipient rename it back to .jpg.
       Ex. The recipient received it as abc.doc, then they just have to rename it as abc.jpg.

Note that you can do it for jpeg, png, gif, and BMP file extension as well.

3 Using Compress Apps

By Using File Compression apps like ZArchiver, WinZip, xzip, and RAR you can first compress your images into finally converted into Zip files and then send that zip file to the recipient, then the recipient will unzip those files and open them.

4 Using Google Drive

  • Upload all your pictures, videos, documents into google drive or one drive.
  • Get a Shareable link from Google Drive
  • Open Whatsapp and share that shareable link with the recipient.

In this way, you can send multiple pictures(images), videos, and documents.


Sending Images via Whatsapp is secure?

Ans: Any message and images send via Whatsapp are secure. End-to-end encryption is used to send messages from the sender to the recipient on WhatsApp.Your images and messages cannot even see by Whatsapp because of end-to-end encryptions.

Only you and the recipient can see WhatsApp messages and photos.

Does Whatsapp Use Lossy Compression?

Ans: Yes Whatsapp uses lossy compression for compressing the images. Whatsapp compresses the images before sending them to their server.

Why Whatsapp Compressed image as jpeg?

Ans: If you upload any image either png, tiff, or Gif, Whatsapp changes the file extension to.jpeg because jpeg is one of the best-compressed forms of an image where a tiny reduction of quality cannot be noticeable.

This is not only as common as JPEG images, but also because WhatsApp is primarily a mobile application and images are captured as JPEG by default on most mobile devices.