15 October 2021
If you are a regular WhatsApp user or anyone who has tried sharing media files using the app even once, you must have noticed that it ends up compressing them. It means the recipient ends up receiving low-resolution files which can be disappointing. There are certainly workarounds like sharing media files as documents but that is not a convenient experience.
It seems like the situation is set to get somewhat better in the future as WhatsApp has been spotted testing the 'Best Quality' mode for media file sharing. The exact level of improvement through this mode is unknown but it should undoubtedly be better than the currently used compression. The good thing is that WhatsApp will let users choose the kind of compression quality they want.
In the beta version 22.214.171.124, WhatsApp has three options: Auto, Best quality, and Data saver. The first option will automatically choose the appropriate compression tech based on the internet connection. It is also what the app recommends users to go for. The second and third options are for using "Best quality" and low compression respectively.
It is important to note that whenever WhatsApp will share photos and videos in Best quality, these will be larger in size. It means the time taken to send them could be longer if you happen to have slow or unreliable internet connectivity. The feature is currently in the beta testing phase but we will update you when it will make its way to the public version.