WhatsApp automatically compresses the images and videos you send to your contacts. So, the file they receive is of lower quality than the original file. You may wonder if there is a way to avoid this inconvenience? The short and quick answer is Yes.

How to send photos and videos without compression to not lose any quality

The simplest way to send multimedia content without compression in WhatsApp is to send it as if it were a document. It is as easy as tapping on the paperclip icon.

Open the options to send attachmentsOpen the options to send attachments

Then, tap on the document button to send the video or photo without compression.

Send a document via WhatsAppSend a document via WhatsApp

Then, click on the top button for WhatsApp to open the file explorer. This way, you will be able to see all the documents in the device's internal memory.

Search for other documents on your internal memorySearch for other documents on your internal memory

If you want to send a photo or video that is in the cloud, you should first download it to your phone. This is the only way it will appear in the Android file explorer. Once the file is located, tap on it.

Select an image from the memorySelect an image from the memory

To send the file, tap Send in the pop-up message.

Send the attached fileSend the attached file

As you can see in the following screenshot, the image weight remains the same as it appeared in the browser.

File sent in its original sizeFile sent in its original size

Your contact will be able to download the image as any other document while keeping the original quality.

WhatsApp limits on attachments

There are some limits to the files that can be sent through WhatsApp. They are the following:

  • Photos, videos, and voice messages. Files up to 16 MB. The application compresses most of the files so that they weigh, at most, that size. Typically, this is equivalent to between 90 seconds and 3 minutes of video.
  • Status. Videos up to 30 seconds long.
  • Documents. Maximum size of 100 MB. Therefore, you will not be able to send files, including videos or photos, that are larger by following the steps mentioned here.