The trick to always send images and videos on WhatsApp in HD quality

Sending photos and videos via WhatsApp has never been the best of the app’s features Goal. Convenient and practical, yes, but with the drawback of strong file compression and the resulting loss of quality over the original so that the shipment can be made as quickly as possible and without consuming a lot of data.

This started to change the last summer with a novelty that then reached the beta version of the application. WhatsApp opened the range of options to users first allowing them Choose between two qualities for sending images, standard and HDand subsequently adding this possibility also to the sending videosalso configurable in standard or HD.

That feature is now out of beta and available for all users. But even more practical than being able to choose between both qualities in each shipment, is Configure the application to always take photos in HD quality, both in images and videos.something that can be done from the settings.

In the case of the imageswhen WhatsApp talks about standard quality it refers to a resolution of 1,600 x 1,052 pixels and with HD to 4,096 x 2,692 pixels. In the case of files videostandard is equivalent to 476 x 848 pixels and HD to 718 x 1,280 pixels. As you can see, The HD of the photographs gives a higher quality, comparatively speaking, than that of the video..

To configure WhatsApp to always send your images and videos in HD, you must follow these steps:

  • Opens WhatsApp on your mobile.
  • Click on the icon of the three points in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Choose Settings and then Storage and data.
  • Tap on Media file upload quality.
  • In the pop-up window, select HD qualityHere WhatsApp warns that sending is slower with this option, but that the file can be 6 times larger, referring to photographs. In the case of videos, changing the quality to HD means doubling the total number of pixels in the frame.
  • Click on Keep.

If you want to send files in HD only occasionally and not by default, then what you need to do is tap on HD optionwhich appears in the top toolbar that WhatsApp displays after selecting the file to send, and choosing HD quality.