8 June 2018

How to Send Full Size Photos on WhatsApp: 3 Ways

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You might have noticed that when you send a photo or video on WhatsApp, its size and quality is reduced a bit.

WhatsApp will automatically compress the photos before uploading them to their servers. This makes sharing faster even on low internet connection. Though there isn't much difference between original and compressed photo until you zoom in.

Send full size photos on WhatsApp

This tutorial will guide you how to send photos/videos on WhatsApp without reducing the size and quality. Of course, you can do that. Read on to find out how -

Send original size photos on WhatsApp


Apart from media files, WhatsApp also lets you share documents up to 100 MB in size. Hopefully, it doesn't apply any compression while sharing documents.

A simple workaround to send full size photos and videos on WhatsApp is to attach them as a document file. Here's a step-by-step guide -
  1. First, open a WhatsApp chat where you want to send the full size photo or video.
  2. Now tap attach button (paperclip icon) at the bottom of the chat screen.
    Open Document option
  3. Choose "Documents" from the list. It will bring up all the PDFs, Docs, Zip and other document files on your phone.
    Browse other docs
  4. Now click "Browse other docs" option and select the photo or video you want to send. You can also select multiple photos at once.
    Select photos
  5. Finally, tap the send button. That's it.
    Send photo
It may take some time to upload the photos depending on their size. As already mentioned, you can attach up to 100 MB of file. The recipient will receive the original size photos without any compression.

Sending full size photos on WhatsApp

Send photos in a zip file


If you want to send a number of photos at once, simply archive them in a ZIP file. You will need a file manager app to create an archive. ES File Explorer is the best suitable file manager app for this task. Here's how you can archive your photos in a ZIP file and send them on WhatsApp -
  1. First, open ES File Explorer app and select all photos you want to archive.
  2. Tap "More" button (three-dots) at the bottom of the screen.
    Compress photos in ES File Explorer
  3. Now click "Compress" option and rename the file.
  4. You can add a password if you want to make a password-protected zip file. After this, tap "OK" button.
    Create ZIP file
  5. Now select the ZIP file you have created and share it on WhatsApp. You can also attach it through "Documents" option in a WhatsApp chat.

Send photos on cloud storage


There are a number of free cloud storage services available like Google Drive and Dropbox where you can store your files online and share them with other people. Google Drive provides 15 GB of free cloud storage.

If you want to send the original size photos or videos to someone, simply upload them on Google Drive or any other cloud storage service you like and share the public download link on WhatsApp. As simple as it sounds! This method is optional and rarely used when you want to send very large files.

So these are few methods you can use to send photos and videos on WhatsApp without reducing their size and quality. If you want to ask something about this tutorial, feel free to share it in the comment section.

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