How to Send Large Files on WhatsApp: 3 Ways

WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app which is used not only to chat with others but also to share media and files with them. You can share photos, videos, GIFs, and even documents. However, the drawback of sharing your media on WhatsApp is that it reduces the quality of your photo or video a little bit.

Send files larger than 100 MB on WhatsApp

You may already know that WhatsApp applies compression on media before uploading them to its servers. This was done to reduce the size of the file and make the sharing process faster even on a slow internet connection. Some people don’t like to compromise with the quality of their photos and videos and for that purpose, you can send them as a document on WhatsApp.

Sometimes we are in a situation when the size of our file is very large and we are unable to share it on WhatsApp. In this article, we are going to share with you some methods that can help you to send large files on WhatsApp without any size limit. Without further discussion, let’s start with the first method!

Method 1: Send large files up to 2 GB on WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s document feature remains a powerful tool for sharing large files without compression. Whether it’s photos, videos, or any other file type, you can easily send them on WhatsApp by attaching them as a document.

Recently, WhatsApp has increased its file upload limit from 100MB to 2GB. This means you can now send files within WhatsApp up to 2GB in size at a time. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your device.
  2. Open the individual or group chat where you want to share the file.
    Open WhatsApp chat
  3. Tap the paperclip icon (on Android) or “+” icon (on iPhone) in the chat bar.
    Tap attachment plus icon in chat
  4. Select “Document” option from the pop-up menu.
    Tap Document option on WhatsApp
  5. Tap on “Choose from Files” (iPhone) or “Browse documents” (Android).
    Choose from Files
  6. Choose the file you want to send from your device.
    Select large file you want to send on WhatsApp
  7. Once selected, tap the send button (paper plane icon). You can add a message or caption to the file if you wish.
    Tap WhatsApp send button

Method 2: Send large files on WhatsApp via Google Drive

Google Drive is a popular cloud storage service which provides you 15 GB of free storage attached with your Gmail account. If the size of your file is larger than 2 GB, you can upload it to your Google Drive, make it public via sharable link and then send it to the recipient on WhatsApp.

This way, you will be able to send your photos or videos in their original quality without letting WhatsApp compress them. Not just media but you can share any type of file or document with this method and the good thing is that there is no file size limit. This step-by-step guide will show you how to upload your files on Google Drive and then share them on WhatsApp –

  1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your smartphone. It’s available for both Android and iOS. Go to the respective app store of your phone and search for its name. If you don’t want to use the app, you can visit the Google Drive website at drive.google.com.
  2. Open the Google Drive app and log in with your Google account. If you are already logged in, then skip this step and move to the next one.
  3. Tap the + (plus) button at the bottom-right corner of the screen and then choose the “Upload” option from the pop-up menu.
    Upload large files on Google Drive
  4. Now you will be asked to select the file you want to upload. Locate the file in your gallery or file manager and select it.
  5. Google Drive will start uploading your selected file to its servers. You can see the uploading progress in the notification bar. This may take some time depending on the size of the file and your internet uploading speed.
  6. Once the file is successfully uploaded, locate it on your Google Drive account and click on the three dots button next to it. After that, enable Link Sharing and then select the Copy link option.
    Enable link sharing on Drive
  7. Now open WhatsApp on your phone and select the chat where you want to send the file. Paste the copied link in the message box and send the message. The recipient will get the Google Drive link of your file from where they can download it to their phone easily.
    Share Google Drive file on WhatsApp

Method 3: Send large files on WhatsApp via Dropbox

Dropbox is another option that you can choose to share your large files on WhatsApp. Dropbox provide you 2 GB of free storage which can be used to upload any type of file. Like Google Drive, you can make your file public and share it with others via link. Follow the steps below to upload your file on Dropbox and share it on WhatsApp –

  1. Download and install the Dropbox app on your device. It’s available on the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS/iPhone) for free. Alternatively, you can also visit the Dropbox website using any web browser on your device.
  2. Log in to your Dropbox account. If you are new to Dropbox, you can create a new account. For that, you will be asked to provide your first name, last name, email address, and password.
  3. Next, tap the + (plus) button at the bottom or Upload button (if you are using Dropbox website) and then choose Create or upload file option. Locate the file on your phone and select it to upload. Dropbox will start uploading it to its servers.
    Upload large file on Dropbox
  4. Once the uploading is finished, tap the three dots button next to the file you have uploaded and choose Share option. After that, select Copy link and this will copy the shareable link of your file to the clipboard.
    Copy file link from Dropbox
  5. Now head to the WhatsApp chat where you want to send your file and paste the link you have just copied from the Dropbox in the message box at the bottom. Tap the send button and you have successfully sent your file to the recipient. That’s it!
    Share large file on WhatsApp via Dropbox

Additional methods to share large files

Here are some alternative methods that you can use to send large files to someone without using WhatsApp.

Use Telegram app

Telegram is an instant-messaging app like WhatsApp where you can chat with your friends, join Telegram channels of your choice, and do other things like sharing files and media. The file size limit of Telegram was previously 1.5GB which has now been extended to 2GB. This size limit is the same as offered by WhatsApp and it is enough to send any kind of large file including HD videos.

As Telegram is a popular app, it is most likely that your friend to whom you want to send the file will already be using Telegram. Even if not, then it is very easy to create an account on Telegram with just your phone number. The steps for sharing files on Telegram are pretty much the same as in the case of WhatsApp. Just open the user’s chat on Telegram and tap the attach icon followed by clicking on the File option.

Compress files to a ZIP archive

If you have multiple files and they are very large in size, you can collectively compress them and create a ZIP archive. This will reduce the size of your files significantly and you will be able to send them on WhatsApp or Telegram more easily.

For compressing files to a ZIP archive, you can use any ZIP compressor tool on your iPhone or Android device which can be found on their respective app store. If you are trying to send a video which is slightly larger than 2 GB, you can compress it or lower the resolution to reduce its size. For more details, check out our detailed guide on how to compress videos on Android without losing quality.

Frequently asked questions

What is the new file size limit on WhatsApp?

Previously, WhatsApp used to allow only 100 MB file for document sharing. Now WhatsApp has increased this file size limit from 100MB to 2GB.

Can I share files larger than 2GB on WhatsApp using the document feature?

No, the document feature on WhatsApp maintains a limit of 2GB for file size. For files larger than 2GB, it is recommended to use cloud storage services like Google Drive.

How can I send a large video on WhatsApp without losing quality?

To send a large video on WhatsApp without compromising quality, you can send it as a document. Unlike regular media files, documents on WhatsApp are not subject to compression. Attach the video as a document, and it should be sent without compression.

Sending large files got easier on WhatsApp

WhatsApp, as the leading messaging app, is incredibly convenient for sharing files with our friends and family. The recent increase in the file size limit to 2GB is a great step. If you need to share files larger than 2GB, consider the alternative methods we have outlined in this guide.

Among these methods, we personally find Google Drive as the best option to send your large files with anyone. There is no file size limit on Google Drive and it is very easy to upload and share your files through this platform. Please share your valuable feedback in the comments below.

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