WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that allows users to easily share high-definition (HD) photos while preserving their dimensions. This feature is available in the latest beta versions of the app for both Android and iOS devices.
Previously, users had to resort to alternative methods like email or Bluetooth to send HD images. Now, WhatsApp has simplified the process by integrating it within the app itself.
When selecting a large-size picture for sharing, users will see an option called ‘Photo Quality’ on the screen. They can choose between two options: Standard quality (1600×1052) and HD quality (4096×2692). By manually selecting the “HD” option, users can share high-quality photos. However, it’s important to note that the images are still subject to light compression.
When shared using the “HD quality” option, the pictures are marked with an HD tag visible to the recipient. It’s worth mentioning that this feature is currently limited to photos shared within conversations and not for original quality preservation.
Initially, the feature is being rolled out to selected beta testers who have installed the respective beta versions. A broader release is expected in the coming weeks.
WhatsApp is also working on other features, including a redesigned settings page, a new calling button for iOS, compatibility with iPad as a companion device for Android, channels for broadcasting information, and a “Status Archive” feature for WhatsApp Business.
In addition to the HD photo sharing feature, WhatsApp has also introduced a picture editing tool in its desktop app. This tool allows users to crop photos directly within the WhatsApp Desktop app, saving them time and eliminating the need for external editing tools. The feature is currently available to selected beta testers, and there is no confirmed date for its global launch.