Earlier this year, WhatsApp released the ability to send pictures and videos in ‘HD,’ which solved a long-standing concern for users who wanted to quickly share high-quality photos on the popular chat app. However, many users are still unaware of this feature and how it works because the feature isn’t enabled by default considering users have to manually choose the ‘HD’ option to send an image or video in HD.
Notably, by selecting the HD option, WhatsApp doesn’t send the full-resolution image or video, but it still sends a compressed media file. Nonetheless, it is still better than the standard SD option which the app defaults to.
How to send HD images or videos on WhatsApp:
- Firstly, open the chat of a contact to whom you want to send an HD image or video.
- Next, tap on the paperclip icon at the bottom and select the image or video you want to send.
- Once you tap to open the media file, WhatsApp now gives you the option to add captions, rotate and crop, add text and stickers, and finally, the option to send in HD as well.
- Find the HD option, open it, and select ‘HD quality.’ Here you will see that ‘Standard quality’ is enabled by default.
- Once you select HD, you can send the image or video, and it will be sent in high definition.
- Notably, all media files sent in HD will be marked as HD in the WhatsApp chat.
It is important to note that every time you want to send a media file in HD, you will have to repeat this process, as there is no way to make the WhatsApp app default to the HD option.
Also, it has been a while since the update rolled out publicly, but if you still haven’t received the update, it could be possible that your app isn’t updated. So, update to the latest WhatsApp version from the Google Play Store, and ideally, you should have this feature.