WhatsApp has unveiled a fresh upgrade, enabling both Android and iPhone users to share high-resolution photos on their platform. This comes as a solution to its prior limitation of only permitting lower-resolution image sharing.
Before this change, any photos sent on WhatsApp were automatically scaled down to 920 x 1280 pixels. This was done to optimize storage and provide efficient sharing, especially in environments with limited data speeds.
With this new enhancement, users can now choose to dispatch images at a crisp 3024 x 4032 pixels, dubbed “HD quality.” This advancement was broadcasted by the CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, on his Facebook timeline.
In the updated version 23.16.0 of the app, an “HD” switch is conveniently positioned on the photo-sharing dashboard, right next to other image-editing features. Using this switch, individuals can transition from the conventional resolution to the sharper HD mode.
When users receive these high-definition images, an “HD” badge will be displayed on a section of the photo, denoting its premium quality. Furthermore, these high-def images are secured through WhatsApp’s rigorous end-to-end encryption protocols.
Meta points out that those with restricted internet connections will, by default, receive images at the regular quality. However, they’ll be given the choice to maintain the standard format or amplify it to the HD variant when feasible.
This refreshed feature will gradually be accessible to users globally. In a teasing note, Meta also indicated the imminent ability to broadcast high-res videos via WhatsApp.