WhatsApp could become your new favorite tool for sharing photos in their original quality

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WhatsApp could become your new favorite tool for sharing photos in their original quality
Have you ever taken a photo you were really proud of — a photo which you wanted to share over social media, only to see how compression mercilessly brings its quality down? Well, we’re finally reaching an age where more apps are allowing you to choose when to not compress your photos.

Thanks to a new report from WBetaInfo, we know that WhatsApp’s latest beta release allows users to send photos with their original quality. Hallelujah! Up until this point, users still had some semblance of control over photo quality though.


From version 2.21.15.7 on Android, beta participants could find options related to media quality under the app’s Settings menu. Users will had three different options to choose from:

  • Automatic — if users were on WiFi, quality would be prioritized
  • Best Quality — compression would keep about 80% of the original quality and resize photos bigger than 2048×2048
  • Data Saver — well, the recipient could still tell what was on the photo for sure, even if it wasn't proper quality

With the release of the latest 2.23.2.11 beta, users can not only choose to send photos in their original quality from the list, but the menu itself has been moved. Now users can find it at the bottom of the screen, whenever a photo is being prepared for dispatch. This makes the menu much easier to find, so it’s surely a welcome addition.

There is no info on when this feature will be fully released to the live version of WhatsApp, but it’s awesome to see it being tested. This new option might make WhatsApp the preferred way to transfer high-quality photos in certain situations. Considering that it also has a desktop app, this opens up a lot of new possibilities.
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