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Meta-owned WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that will let users share photos and videos as a document on iOS to maintain their original quality.
As spotted by WABetaInfo the official changelog provided alongside WhatsApp’s 23.24.73 update on iOS notes that users can now “easily send original quality media as a file,” as an alternative to the compressed approaches the communications app defaults to.
The changelog stated that this feature will be available “in the coming weeks,” so it may take some time to show on users’ smartphones. When it does, they can access it by clicking the “+” in chat, selecting “Document,” and then “Choose Photo or Video.”
The maximum file size that can be transferred using this feature is 2GB.
WhatsApp has also been testing the same feature for Android users since at least September this year, which suggests a stable release for Android devices may not be too far behind.
Previous workarounds have existed to send full-resolution photos and videos via WhatsApp that involved manually changing its file extension to PDF or DOC.