WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to send HD photos on iOS and Android beta

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After installing the latest beta versions of WhatsApp for iOS from the TestFlight app and WhatsApp for Android from the Google Play Store, some users may experiment with sending HD photos, preserving their resolution. This feature definitely improves the user experience while sending images, and it is rolling out to some beta testers!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? HD Photos
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.11.0.76 and WhatsApp beta for Android 2.23.12.13 are marked as compatible updates.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why? This feature is available to some beta testers, and it will be released to more users over the coming weeks.
Thanks: Matt Navarra, Sc, and UnluckyTester, for testing and reporting!
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.23.12.13: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a redesigned keyboard and community settings!

HD PHOTOS

In the article about the WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.4.0.70 update, we announced that WhatsApp was developing a new feature regarding media sharing: a photo-quality option. With this feature, WhatsApp is making it easier to share photos with better quality by preserving their dimensions. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.11.0.76 update from the TestFlight app, and the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.23.12.13 update from the Google Play Store, some beta testers may be able to see a new option that allows them to manage the photo quality:

As you can see in this screenshot, it is possible to choose a better quality when sending photos, and the option only appears when you select a photo large in size. Note that this does not mean that you can send photos in their original quality because this option preserves image dimensions, but light compression is still applied to the image. In addition, the default option is always “Standard quality” for any photo. This means you have to select the HD option every time you want to share a new photo with improved quality.

When you send a photo by choosing the “high quality” option, it is marked as a high-quality photo so a new tag is automatically added to the message bubble: this information also helps the recipient understand when a photo is sent by using this feature. It is worth noting that this feature is limited to images shared within your conversations. This means there is no way to send a video with better quality without sending it as a document, and this feature is not available when sharing photos by using status updates.

The ability to send HD photos is rolling out to some beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store and WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.

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