How to Prevent WhatsApp from Compressing Your Pictures

send images without losing quality on whatsapp

WhatsApp is one of the most downloaded messaging apps in the world. Unfortunately, images sent and uploaded to WhatsApp will be automatically compressed.

For people who would like to send others images with original, high quality, then you must learn these simple steps on how to prevent WhatsApp from compressing the images you’re uploading.

Don’t worry, these simple steps don’t require third-party apps for you to send high-quality WhatsApp images. Better yet, they only require you the WhatsApp app itself.

These tricks work both on Android and iOS. On any Android or iOS version that also supports the latest WhatsApp version.

How to upload original, high-quality images on WhatsApp without losing quality

First, you gotta prepare the images. You can upload them in bulk, too. You can also compress them into a ZIP file or something like that to make the process a lot easier.

Open the chat you would like to send those images.

Click the attachment icon located on the left of the image icon.

click whatsapp attachment button

Now, all you have to do to upload an uncompressed WhatsApp image is by clicking the Document. It’s that simple. By uploading through the Document button, you’re uploading an original quality of the image.

clicking the document button on whatsapp app to stop it from compressing your picture

The Document option also supports image formats. Any file format if you will. That option exists because WhatsApp also used to send any file people would like to send, including raw, uncompressed high-quality images.

After clicking or tapping the Document, now choose any images you would like to send.

If the images don’t exist directly there, you may have to tap the Browse other docs…. button so you can discover another folder on your internal memory.

browser other docs to discover images you would like to upload in original quality

Once you find all those images, you can upload them and send them without going through the compression process. You can also choose and upload them in bulk.

this is where you upload images in original, high quality on whatsapp

Simply tap-long each file to select multiple images.

choose bulk to upload those images without losing quality on whatsapp

After you choose images you would like to upload, you can tap Open now to upload and send them to others through WhatsApp.

In just a few seconds, WhatsApp sends those images without compressing them or losing its images quality to other users, like this.

send images without losing quality on whatsapp

Why WhatsApp automatically compress images you’re uploading

If you use the image upload feature with an image icon on it, WhatsApp will compress your picture automatically before sending it to another user. Just like another service, including Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp does that to make the upload process faster and save more internet data.

WhatsApp thinks it’s a win-win because, well, not everyone is a photographer who’s willing to cost more money to buy more internet data. Most people don’t need it at all.

For most people and most of the time, this feature saved a lot of money and time, for the users and the WhatsApp server itself. Generally, this is not a problem if the pictures you’re uploading aren’t that important to keep their highest quality, but if they’re, then by all means upload them by keeping their raw quality.

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Why raw, uncompressed images

Uncompressed images are necessary if you’re a photographer who uses WhatsApp as media to send the images you’re working on. If you’re a content creator who works with your teams and uses WhatsApp, this tutorial will help.

I’ve also found WhatsApp useful not just to send me my personal pictures to anyone, but also my co-worker or anyone else who needs images with the original quality so that he/she could edit them on the PC with Photoshop.

Can I stop WhatsApp permanently compressing my images?

Yes, I know, it’s a bit harder to upload a high-quality image without losing its quality by just clicking the attachment icon and finding images manually. But unfortunately, there’s no other way.

So the answer is: you can’t. But you can use that attachment feature for free anyway.

If you don’t compress images you’re uploading on WhatsApp, WhatsApp would take more storage space to keep your backup

Here’s another thing to keep in mind: WhatsApp will keep images you’re uploading in your internal memory as backup and if you don’t compress them, it will take more space.

So, you only want to use the feature for the important stuff. Especially if you keep your backup on the internal.

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