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How to share your multimedia in uncompressed HD with WhatsApp

I show you how to send photos and videos in HD on WhatsApp (and even without compression). Take advantage of high resolution and share your memories in the highest quality possible.

Martial Triguero
By Martial Triguero

Previously, sharing media via WhatsApp could result in a noticeable decrease in quality. This was due to the 16 MB size limitation for multimedia files and a compression process that, although efficient in saving space, did not do justice to the cameras we currently carry in our pockets. Photos and videos were compressed to such an extent that the loss of detail was evident, especially when it came to highly textured images or videos that we wanted to enjoy on a big screen. It was, to some extent, like trying to appreciate a work of art through a curtain of fog.

Compression not only affected the sharpness of the content, but also the colors and contrast, which could ruin the experience of sharing special moments. This reduction in quality was especially frustrating for those who, aware of the potential of their mobile devices, were looking for a platform that was up to the task.

Luckily, WhatsApp solved this at the time and took a step forward, allowing us send photos and videos in HD. Ready to find out how you can take advantage of this feature?

The WhatsApp solution for photos and videos in HD

With this function, called “HD quality”, we can send images and videos that look sharper and with minimal compression. For example, photos captured with an iPhone can now be sent at a resolution of 3024 x 4032, as opposed to the previous maximum resolution of 920 x 1280. On Android, HD quality allows you to send photos up to a resolution of 4000 x 2252. As for videos, the quality has risen to 1280 × 718 instead of the 848 × 476 of before.

If you are concerned about privacy, let me tell you that all high-resolution media is protected under WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption. That is, you can rest easy knowing that only the person who receives your photos or videos in HD will be able to appreciate those details that you worked so hard to capture.

How to activate and use the HD option in WhatsApp

To enjoy this feature, first make sure you have WhatsApp updated to the latest version. Then, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open a chat and tap the camera button.
  2. Choose an image or video from your gallery to send.
  3. Touch the button HD located at the top of the screen, to the left of the other image/video editing tools.
  4. Choose HD quality from the pop-up menu.
  5. Send your photo or video with the button Submit.
Image quality selection screen in WhatsApp showing options to send photos in standard or HD quality.

Limitations of HD quality

Although this function is very useful (as well as necessary), there are certain limitations and considerations that we must take into account:

  • Connection quality can affect media reception: If the internet connection is low bandwidth, the recipients will receive the photos and videos in Standard Quality, although they will have the option to download the HD version if they wish.
  • “HD” photos and videos are not exactly the same as the originals: WhatsApp still applies some compression to photos, and the maximum quality of videos is 720p, which is lower than the 1080p or 4K quality they might have originally been recorded at.
  • The HD option only appears for media large enough to justify HD quality. If WhatsApp considers that the photo or video is not of sufficient quality, the option will not be available.

As you can see, the HD quality option in WhatsApp is very easy to apply, although with certain limitations. Still, the improvement is notable and, from my own experience, the difference in quality is something that is greatly appreciated when we want to share certain special moments with the greatest fidelity possible.

Sending videos as documents: a trick for maximum resolution

We have always liked to share those videos that capture a perfect moment; But, let's be honest, the quality when sending them via WhatsApp even with the HD method leaves a lot to be desired. To my joy, and that of many, I use a little trick that works perfectly: Sending videos as documents to maintain maximum resolution.


You can also use this method without problems for photos, but where it is most noticeable is in videos, where WhatsApp applies more aggressive compressions.

WhatsApp has a size limit for documents up to 2 GB. Yes, you read that right, 2 GB! This means that we can send almost any video in its original quality (depending on the duration and resolution, of course), without it suffering the slightest compression.

Step by step to send media as documents

The process is simple, but requires a small change to our shipping routine. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the WhatsApp conversation with the person or group you want to send the file to.
  2. Tap the icon clip on Android or + on iOS to add an attachment.
  3. Select option "Document".
  4. Find and choose the video or photo file you want to share.
  5. Confirm the shipment and… that's it! The recipient will receive it in all its splendor.
Screenshot showing the WhatsApp function to send an MP4 video file as a document, preserving its original size.

Using this method, the content will be sent as is, without compressions of any kind. However, please note that depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the transfer may take a little longer than a normal send.

Comparison between the two WhatsApp solutions

We have already talked about the two ways to send high-quality photos and videos through WhatsApp, and you may be wondering: Which is the best option for me? We are going to do a comparative review between direct shipping in HD quality and shipping as document so you can make an informed decision.

On the one hand, the HD quality option is simple and straightforward. You update the app, select the option and send. It is intuitive and does not complicate your life. In addition, it has the convenience of the recipient immediately seeing the content as part of the conversation, without opening separate files. But, of course, you face limitations such as a maximum resolution of 720p in videos and some compression in photos.

On the other hand, the trick of sending media as documents is a completely different game. Here we talk about sending your videos and photos in the highest quality that your device is capable of producing, without cuts or compressions. It's perfect for those moments where quality is non-negotiable. But on the downside, the files can be large, which means the transfer may take longer and the experience may not be as immediate and smooth as with HD quality.

So, which path to choose? It will depend on your needs:

  • If you are looking for an speed and convenience and you don't mind sacrificing a little quality, the HD option will be your ally.
  • If what you want is to maintain the maximum possible quality and you don't mind waiting a little longer for the transfer, sending files as documents will be your best option.

Alternatives to share photos and videos in high resolution

We know that WhatsApp has stepped up its game with its HD quality feature and sending files as documents, but sometimes we look for even more versatility or resolution. That's where other things come into play. alternatives to share photos and videos in high resolution.

Platforms like dropbox o Google Drive They are excellent options for share files from the cloud without losing quality. You simply upload your media and share a link with whoever you want. Besides, Google Photos It is wonderful for storing and sharing your memories in high quality, even allowing editing and organization functions.

These alternatives are ideal if WhatsApp does not meet your quality expectations or if you need to send files larger than 2 GB. However, remember that these platforms work differently and may not offer the immediacy and integration of a WhatsApp conversation.

Final Thoughts

In general terms, WhatsApp has come a long way to meet the needs of those of us who want to share photos and videos without sacrificing their quality. Both the option of send photos and videos in HD such as the possibility of sharing them as documents They are valuable tools that we have at our disposal.

The important thing is that, with these functions, WhatsApp establishes itself as an essential tool in our digital lives, allowing us to share our memories with the quality they deserve. So, the next time you capture a moment worth remembering, you know you have options to share it exactly as you experienced it.

Frequently asked questions about sending photos and videos in HD with WhatsApp

How to send photos on WhatsApp in HD?

To send HD photos on WhatsApp, open a chat, select the image from your gallery, tap the HD button, choose HD quality and send it.

How to send photos on WhatsApp in HD?

To send HD videos on WhatsApp, select the video from your gallery in a chat, tap the HD button, choose the HD quality option and press send.

How can I send uncompressed photos and videos from WhatsApp?

To send uncompressed photos and videos on WhatsApp, select the clip or the plus sign, choose “Document,” find the file you want to send, and confirm to send it without compression.

Can the quality of videos sent by WhatsApp be improved?

Yes, to improve quality, send the video as a document. This way you avoid the standard WhatsApp compression and maintain the original quality.

Does WhatsApp limit the size of sent files?

WhatsApp allows you to send files up to 2 GB. For larger files, consider alternatives like Google Drive or Dropbox.

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