WhatsApp may soon let users send HD pictures

WhatsApp users may soon bid farewell to grainy pictures as the messaging app is reportedly testing a feature that will let them send high-quality snaps.

The Meta-owned platform is currently testing the feature in the app's latest iOS and Android beta versions. It's unclear when it'll be rolled out for all users.

The feature was first spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who shared a screenshot on Twitter showing a new HD button at the top of the interface.

This button, when enabled, allows the transfer of a high-quality photo. Better-quality pictures come at a price – they will consume more data and storage space than standard-quality photos.

It also does not mean that users can send pictures in their original quality, according to WABetaInfo, a news website that tracks WhatsApp developments.

"This option preserves image dimensions, but light compression is still applied to the image," it explained.

The users will have to specifically select the "HD option" every time they want to send a better quality picture, with the default always set to "standard quality."

Additionally, WhatsApp will automatically tag photos sent using the high-quality feature as such in a small icon attached to the picture's thumbnail, according to WABetaInfo.

It also noted that the feature is limited to images shared within WhatsApp chats, which means videos will continue to be compressed when sent directly and not as a document.

WhatsApp compresses the media sent within the chats for faster data sharing.

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