WhatsApp is the most widely used messaging platform in the world and, in some countries, it has even come to replace voice calls. As we all know, WhatsApp not only allows us to send text messages, but also allows us to send all kinds of multimedia content in addition to making video calls, although the quality is not always the best, especially if we use mobile data.
However, when sending both videos and photos, these are not always sent in their original resolution and size, since the platform takes care of reducing both aspects so that they take up less space and thus avoid server saturation. Among the different options that WhatsApp makes available to us, we did not find any that allow us to maintain the resolution of the images and videos. Fortunately, we have several options to trick WhatsApp into not changing the resolution or size of the images and videos that we share through this platform.
Send content as file
The easiest method to prevent WhatsApp from compressing the content, regardless of whether it is an image or a video, is to share it as if it were a document. The Meta messaging platform does not compress the size of the files that are shared. It also does not check what type of document it is, so we can use this option to send images and files in their original resolution, thus preventing them from losing quality during the process.
To send an image or video passing it off as a document, all we have to do is click on the clip located just in front of the text box and select the Document option to then select the image or video we want to share. This is especially useful when we want to share a video that is longer than 3 minutes or whose size exceeds 16 MB. The maximum duration that a WhatsApp video can have is 3 minutes and 16 MB.
Share with a link
Another interesting option that we can also use to send images and videos in their original resolution is to use a cloud storage platform to select the files and share them through a link, a link that we will send through WhatsApp so that the recipients have access to content in its original resolution.
compress the files
We can also compress the files and share it as if it were a file. Windows includes a format for the ZIP file format, which will allow us to compress all the files that we are going to share in order to share them much faster and without losing quality. To compress the photos and videos in a file, we just have to select them with the mouse, place the mouse over them and with the right mouse button, select the Send to option, and then Compressed folder (in ZIP).
Next, we go to WhatsApp, select on the clip that is displayed to the left of the text box and select the file that we have created. The maximum size that documents sent as a file through WhatsApp can occupy is 100 MB.