Mark Zuckerberg announced a few weeks ago that WhatsApp was in the process of implementing HD photo and video sharing. As of today, the procedure is finished. Meta has verified to The Verge that everyone has access to both HD photos and HD videos.
“Both HD photos and HD videos have been rolled out globally,” WhatsApp spokesperson Ellie Heatrick told The Verge via email. The company also posted a promotional video to Threads earlier today, encouraging users to “share epic moments” with the new beta feature, which has been available for several months.
After selecting a photo or video to transmit from your camera roll, a “HD” button should appear to the left of the crop tool at the top of your screen. After selecting this, a menu will appear, allowing you to choose between “Standard Quality” and “HD Quality.”
Keep an eye out for this icon if you haven’t seen it yet; I had to reopen the App Store multiple times before the option to update appeared.
Previously, WhatsApp users could only send images in a highly compressed format, giving the app a significant disadvantage compared to rival services such as iMessage.
A number of other significant updates, including HD photographs and videos, appear poised to make WhatsApp more competitive in the business sector. Recently, Meta released a native version of the app for macOS, which supports up to eight video call participants and 32 audio call participants. Screen sharing and unnamed group conversations are now available on the platform.