WhatsApp for iOS unfortunately compresses images when you send them out to others. This means that a photo you want to send to an acquaintance might look grainy and low-quality when it arrives at its destination. What a nuisance!
WhatsApp’s system automatically compresses photos to save data and shipping costs. Understandable, but there must be a better way.
This is not much of a problem when we’re sending photos to be viewed on the same-size device as we use. But, if we want to send a picture from a phone to a computer or any device of a larger size, losing image quality might not be ideal. This is especially true when photos need their quality preserved for work purposes.
This can become a problem pretty quickly. So, can we do anything about this? Yes! We have a solution to this problem.
Before we dive into the article, you might find this video helpful. Watch the first minute, and you’ll get the gist of what you’ll need to do. Later on in the article, we’ll provide a bit more details on making the photo-sharing process smooth. The video will help get you started. Once you’re done, read on!
By the way—if you want to read more about scheduling Whatsapp messages, you can do that here: How to Schedule Messages on WhatsApp, Telegram, and Other Platforms.
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Avoiding the loss of quality when sending an image through WhatsApp is relatively simple—don’t technically send it as an image. We can send the photo as a different file type. This way, WhatsApp won’t automatically recognize it as a photo file, and therefore will not apply its automatic compression system! Simple as that.
Another option is to use a different image transfer app or software other than WhatsApp. If you want to send your image only through WhatsApp, then the file method is for you.
How to Send Photos in WhatsApp without Compressing the Quality on iPhone
Follow the steps below to send photos through the WhatsApp app without compressing the quality of the images.
- In Photos, choose the image you want to send without loss of quality and then press Share > Save in Files.
- Save it to the folder you want in Files.
- Open WhatsApp and select the conversation in which you want to share the high-quality image.
- Press the + icon in the lower-left and select Document.
- Find the image you previously saved in Files, select it, and confirm sending the photo.
That’s it! With this solution, the other person will receive the image without any loss of quality nor compression. You won’t see a direct preview of the image within the conversation window, but the image will appear as a sent document once sent. Opening the document will let the recipient visualize the image and save it to their Photos. Keep in mind that this also drives a significant increase in the storage of your WhatsApp backup, so it should be done only with vital images. If you want to conserve space, delete the photo from your conversation after sending it.
Are there any other ways to do this?
Another option is if you are close to the other person and you both use an iPhone, then sending through AirDrop will work. This is the most direct and effective method.
And voila! This is how we can send photos on WhatsApp without compressing their quality. I hope this article will help you share images with your friends with the photos’ original quality. If you have any queries regarding the above method, let us know in the below comment section, and we will get back to you as soon as possible to answer questions.
Here are some alternative steps to send a photo on WhatsApp without compression on the Android operating system:
- If you download the file manager, you can go through your phone’s folders and find the picture you would like to send.
- At this point, you will give the image another name by changing the file extension of the file to a “.doc.”
- Now send the new file to the desired WhatsApp contact.
- Now your contact will have to do the opposite of what you just did – they will download the file you sent them, they will open the file manager, and then change the file extension to a “.jpg” file format.
If none of the above methods have worked for you or you don’t mind installing external software to complete your non-compressed photo transfer, consider downloading an external app. Note: you may have to register an account for these photo-sharing services, so if that turns you off, we do recommend using a previously-mentioned method.
Here are a few examples of services that can help you send photos across devices without compression (and are also compatible with Android!).
- Google Photos
Check out these external options by searching them up by name on Google. They all offer zero-compression photo uploading and sharing!
With these various methods, you should start sharing photos through WhatsApp without compression, or perhaps use an external service. I hope that these simple steps have helped you send photos through WhatsApp without compressing the quality. We’ve tried these methods ourselves and have found them to work. However, if they don’t work for you, you can let us know in the comments below, and we will try to help you troubleshoot.
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Happy photo sharing!