How to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp without losing quality

Facebook starts rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups to WhatsApp

By: AFP      Published: 09:13 AM, 15 Oct, 2021
How to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp without losing quality
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Have you ever had it where you have sent an image on WhatsApp, only for it to be compressed and diminished the quality of the picture? Well, if you have, this article could be of great use. 

Here, we will guide you through the simple steps required to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp without losing quality.

First method: Attach image as Document

Arguably the most simple and straightforward way of sending an uncompressed image over WhatsApp is to do so by sending it as a Document. This is very beneficial if you are looking to send just one or two images.

To do this, open a conversation with the person you want to send the image to. Then, click on the + sign. From there you will see 'Document' as an option. Once you have selected this, a series of non-image documents will come up. If you are able to click on 'Browse' or 'Browse other docs', you will see more options appear. Should you fail to see the image you want to see, you might need to go into your pictures and make sure it is saved as a file or a document.

Second method: Zip and Attach File

If you only want to send one or two images, using the Document method works just fine. But if you want to send multiple images - perhaps from a holiday or something - you might want to opt for the Zip and Attach File method. 

You will want to download an app - File Commander and QuickPic are two popular Android-based ones - that will allow you to zip the file, which then allows you to send items in their original form; it is like they shrink into the file but then are usual size once unzipped.

Once the file is zipped and everything, open WhatsApp and find the conversation you want to send to send the images in. Go through the same process as above - hitting either the + or clip icon to load up Document - and then you should find the zip file you have created, which you can then send.

End-to-end encryption

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android are available starting Thursday, Facebook announced. The company has offered end-to-end encryption for chats for years, but with this new change, you can get that same level of encryption with your backups. The feature will be rolling out “slowly” for people on the latest version of the app.

WhatsApp backups are stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but that means that Apple or Google could hand over the backups to governments or law enforcement if compelled. With the change available on Thursday, you can secure your WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 64-digit encryption key, which theoretically means that no one else but you will be able to access the backup.–