Meta-owned WhatsApp announced that it has released a new feature that would allow users to share high-definition (HD) photos with their contacts.
The announcement was made by WhatsApp head Will Cathcart on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“A lot of people have been asking for this one! You can now share your photos in HD,” he wrote along with a video.
A lot of people have been asking for this one! You can now share your photos in HD. https://t.co/JxBlEc3vIJ
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) August 17, 2023
Meanwhile, WaBetaInfo — the instant messaging app watcher — shared some highlights about the new feature in a post on X.
Latest highlights about HD photos
The HD option shows up only for photos that are considered good enough to be sent in high quality. If the compressed image quality isn’t significantly different from the high-quality one, or the photo isn’t very large in size, the HD option won’t appear.
HD videos will be widely available to more users in the near future. However, it’s already available to some users.
WhatsApp has no plans to natively bring this feature to photos shared via status updates.
Sending a photo by selecting the “high quality” option doesn’t mean it will be sent in its original quality. There is still light compression. However, image dimensions are always preserved. If you’re looking for a way to send a photo by preserving its quality, you should send it as a document.
WhatsApp is a widely used app which has millions of users. It is a major platform for sharing all sorts of data including pictures and videos within a few seconds.