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This upcoming WhatsApp update will please media fanatics

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One thing that annoys me about WhatsApp is how it automatically crunches or compresses the images and videos you send. What you send is not necessarily what the person on the other end will get. In casual environments that’s not a big deal, compressing images means that they can be transmitted faster, WhatsApp gets to use less storage to keep the image on their servers and the person downloading the image on the other end uses less data as well.

There are times however when this is not what you want at all. Imagine you want to send your photo to someone so they can print it out for you. Or in my case, I want to send my editor an image to be used with this article. A graphic designer who wants to deliver an order to their client. In all these instances, WhatsApp’s lossy compression ruins the end result. The current compression is very aggressive indeed and some have seen massive drops in video and image quality on the other end.

Soon, however, WhatsApp users will have more choices. When sending images you will soon have three options:

  • Auto– this is where you just send an image and WhatsApp does its thing. They will automatically detect the best compression algorithm. This is what you want in most cases.
  • Best quality-WhatsApp will send the image using the best possible quality. Normally this means minimal alterations to the image.
  • Data saver – aggressive compression. This is used when you have data saver turned on in your Android settings. You can use this if you don’t really care about the final image quality.

As with all WhatsApp features, we don’t know when this feature is coming to WhatsApp proper. For now, it’s something that Beta testers are blessed with. The upcoming feature was discovered by WBetainfo.

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11 thoughts on “This upcoming WhatsApp update will please media fanatics

  1. You should use a tool geared to your purpose, as opposed to identifying “shortcomings” from using inappropriate tools. Sharing high definition graphical assets is far from the purpose of a messaging app. There are also plenty of alternatives such as email, Skype and a plethora of filesharing platforms.

    Next, a movie editor will want to share his 1G draft with his director. There will always be very specific edge cases and there are also specific apps to cater to them.

    1. Having a plethora of services that basically have the same features can be frustrating. There’s too much to juggle and sometimes it just feels like there is no point in any service because they are all doing about the same thing with slight differences here or there. It doesn’t really matter what you choose, but if I could only pick one? I would go for Whatsapp!

      1. How are you getting these high resolution images on your device to begin, without any sort of “juggling”?

        Weirdly, you say having many options is frustrating, but would you would also be happy to have yet another file sharing option. 🤔

    2. I think the problem is that most clients want and like to use WhatsApp. Unfortunately it means if you run a business you have no option but to do what they like.

      1. The “grassroots” use WhatsApp and to them WhatsApp is their internet. If you tell them you are online, they quickly conclude you’re on WhatsApp! To me it seems a good idea to tweak WhatsApp so it could accommodate high quality media sharing.

      2. Clients for what sort of service? A marketing executive is not going to proof and approve design on their mobile.

        A blog editor, will still need to sometimes tweak any banners you supply, which is hard on a mobile device. They will also need to upload it to the site, which still requires an Internet connection, not the “WhatsApp Internet”.

  2. Having a plethora of services that basically have the same features can be frustrating. There’s too much to juggle and sometimes it just feels like there is no point in any service because they are all doing about the same thing with slight differences here or there. It doesn’t really matter what you choose, but if I could only pick one? I would go for Whatsapp!

  3. It was going to be better if we were supporting our own Zimbabwean messaging apps an app that will earn revenue.That revenue will be used to buy food that will be sold at a lower price in Zimbabwe
    whatsapp & other messaging apps earn lots of money.Thanks to the users.

  4. This is great. At least now when I tell clients that what they are sending me is compressed, they will have a direct point of reference they can understand. I had long ago given up trying to get people to send images as a document.

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