One of the characteristics of WhatsApp, is that when you download the application for the first time, an internal folder is created on your smartphone. All the multimedia files you send or receive will be stored there, including images, videos, documents, and audio.
For this reason, the aforementioned platform belonging to Meta compresses the items you share by 70 percent, so you will not quickly occupy the internal storage of your mobile device.
What does it mean to compress media files?
Compressing means that the files lose their original quality, that is, a photo weighs 100 MB, compressed it would occupy 30 MB of internal memory. This causes the images to become pixelated or blurry when you send them to a third party.
It is necessary to mention that a WhatsApp account with several years of use on the same cell phone can weigh between 5 and 10 GB; In addition, it is now possible to share files of up to 2 GB (the limit was 100 MB before), so we recommend not abusing this feature because you would use up your storage in no time. However, there is a way to send files, with their original quality.
Step by step to send images and videos with the highest quality
- First, check that WhatsApp does not have pending updates in the Android Google Play Store or iOS App Store.
- Now, open the app and jump into any personal or group conversation.
- The next step is to click on the clip icon that is in the lower right corner.
- Several options will be displayed, press the one that says “Document”.
- Here you will see all the multimedia files without being compressed, including: photos, videos, Word documents, PDF, Excel, etc.
- Tap the button labeled “Search for other documents…”
- At the top, click the “Images” or “Videos” tab.
- Press it and if you want add a description. The file will not be visible, since you will share it as a document and preserving its quality.
- The receiver should only download it.