WhatsApp has become one of the most-used apps to connect with people and share information via text or media. So much so, that, a large part of some conversations is mainly influenced by media. And for some, the fact that WhatsApp compresses the images sent on its platform, is unacceptable. Albeit, this is not a huge deal, and oftentimes, the images turn out to be acceptable. The lack of details in some instances can turn out to be a huge snag. So, to curb this here’s a guide, with two different methods, on how to send uncompressed images over WhatsApp on Android.
Method 1 – Attach Image as Document
This is a simple and straightforward way to send uncompressed images over WhatsApp. And it works particularly well when you are sending just one or two images. As the name suggests, this method involves uploading an image by masquerading it as a document file.
For this, open WhatsApp and go to the chat you want to send the uncompressed image to, and from here, tap on the attachment ‘clip’ icon and choose ‘Document’. By default, WhatsApp usually lists the recent (non-image) documents. You can click on the “Browse other docs’ option on top and then navigate to the folder where your image is present, choose it and click on ‘Send’.
Method 2 – Zip and Attach Image
As we mentioned earlier, the first method works fine if you are dealing with just a couple of images. And even though, it can be used to send multiple images, the process becomes tedious. To deal with this here’s an alternate method. For this method, we are going to use the File Commander and QuickPic app. Alternately, you can use your preferred app of choice.
By now, gauging by its name, you must have had an idea about what this method is all about. Unlike the previous method, where we uploaded the image as a document, this method uses ‘Zip’. For the uninitiated, ‘zip’ is an archive file format that supports ‘lossless data compression’ — a type of data compression algorithm that allows you to reconstruct the compressed data, back to its original state, without undergoing any loss of information.
In this method, the first thing you need to do is open QuickPic and mark all the images that you want to send uncompressed over WhatsApp, press the ‘Share’ button, and select ‘Save with FC’ from the different options. Now, open the File Commander app and go to the folder you saved all the images.
Here, you need to select the images you imported from the QuickPic app and hit the three dots on the top-right corner. Once done, choose the ‘Zip’ option and rename it accordingly, for your convenience.
Now, all you have to do is, open WhatsApp and open the chat you want to send uncompressed images to. From here, hit the attachment, ‘clip’ icon and choose ‘Document’. Finally, choose the zip file you just created and hit ‘Send’.
Using the two methods mentioned above, you should now be able to send uncompressed, high-resolution images over WhatsApp on your Android smartphone.
Note: The article was updated with an easier way as suggested by @mayurjango.
Update: Here is a small FAQ as requested by some readers.
How to send image as document in WhatsApp on Android?
One way to avoid the compression of images on WhatsApp is to send the images as documents on WhatsApp. Just click on the ‘clip’ icon and choose the ‘document’ option. Then choose the images you want to send. Simple, right?
How to send image as PDF in WhatsApp?
We will tell you how to do this but remember that this is a recommended way since the above method of sending images as documents is much better. In order to send an image as a PDF on WhatsApp, rename the jpg (or png) image file as .pdf and send it across via WhatsApp. The receiver can then rename it back to .jpg (or .png) to get the uncompressed image back.