We send countless files daily via WhatsApp. But if you send photos regularl using WhatsApp, you should avoid this very common mistake.

WhatsApp lets you send photos and videos through your smartphone completely free of cost, hence the messenger service is extremely convenient. When we consider the Post-Jio era of mobile data pricing, it is not uncommon to see WhatsApp on every smartphone.

Sending captured photos to your friends and family is a common feature people use on WhatsApp on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the quality of the sent photos still leaves something to be desired. Photos sent via WhatsApp are always compressed to relatively poor quality. What’s the use of owning a 20-30 megapixel camera, if the quality once you send photos via WhatsApp is similar to photos captured from lower quality camera?

Although nostalgic photos from the last vacation on the phone even in low resolution is still quite passable, but you notice when you see the pictures on the computer that the image quality when sending over WhatsApp is terrible. It will get even worse because, in a few years, the resolutions of smartphones and monitors will improve leaps and bounds so the image quality of WhatsApp images will be even more noticeable.

The fact that photo quality in WhatsApp is compressed, has its reasons: The files sent should be transferred quickly and take up as little space as possible. Users who care about high-resolution photos are unlucky because of this. At the end of the day, do not forget that WhatsApp is a free app without any ads, so if the company allows large uncompressed photos, it will cost them 5-10 times more in data transfer costs.

How to deal with this problem?

All these things mentioned above sounds terrible, but there is a way to overcome it. Always take photos with the normal phone camera and then select WhatsApp in the gallery to send them. Because with the built-in WhatsApp camera you can take photos, but the WhatsApp camera cannot access all the features that are available to the manufacturer’s camera. Android does not allow 3-rd party apps to take full advantage of the mobile phone camera.