WhatsApp has introduced a new feature in its latest beta versions for Android and iOS that enables users to easily share high-definition (HD) photos while maintaining their original dimensions. Previously, users had to rely on alternative methods like email or Bluetooth to send HD images. However, WhatsApp has now integrated the feature directly within the app, streamlining the process.
When selecting a large-sized photo for sharing, users will see a new 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. It’s important to note that the images will still undergo slight compression.
When shared using the “HD quality” option, the recipient will see an HD tag on the pictures. It’s worth mentioning that this feature is currently limited to photos shared within conversations and does not apply to preserving the original quality.
Initially, the feature is being rolled out to selected beta testers who have installed the respective beta versions. A wider release is expected in the coming weeks.
WhatsApp is also working on several 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.
Additionally, WhatsApp has introduced a picture editing tool in its desktop app, allowing users to crop photos directly within the WhatsApp Desktop app. This feature aims to save users time and eliminate the need for external editing tools. Currently, the picture editing tool is available to selected beta testers, and there is no confirmed date for its global launch.