WhatsApp May Improve Photo Quality

WhatsApp has more than two billion active users every month, which makes it one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. You can send more than just messages with it. People also use it to share photos, videos, memes, and videos. All photos shared through WhatsApp are compressed so that the server doesn’t have to work as hard and so that you can save space on your phone. The problem is that the shared images have a very low resolution, which makes them less useful. If the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android is any indication, this could soon change.

WhatsApp is working on a way for people to share photos in their original, uncompressed quality. The news organization saw that WhatsApp for Android 2.23.2.11’s beta version was testing the feature. You can change the image quality to “original” before sending it by clicking on a new icon in the header of the drawing tool. Videos probably won’t be able to use this new feature.

WhatsApp May Improve Photo Quality
Source: WABetaInfo

In the middle of 2021, WhatsApp changed how you could share images and added Auto, Data saver, and Best quality. The resolution difference between the two modes was a little small, though. Photos sent in Data Saver quality had a resolution of 0.9MP, while those sent in Best quality had a resolution of 1.4MP. Images with this low resolution could be more useful in this day and age.

It’s been a long time coming, but it would be great if WhatsApp let you share photos in their original quality. One of WhatsApp’s main competitors, Telegram, reduces the size of images by default, but you can choose to share photos in their original quality.

It’s unclear when WhatsApp plans to make this feature available to everyone. It looks like it’s still being worked on, and it should show up on the beta channel before it goes to everyone else.