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WhatsApp May Soon Allow Users to Select Quality of Videos Before Sharing Them With Contacts

WhatsApp is testing permitting users to choose to share videos in high-quality, as indicated by a report. The new feature is supposed to be a part of a WhatsApp for Android beta release. WhatsApp users at present don’t have the option to decide on what exactly the quality of videos they wanted before sharing them with their contacts. The instant messaging app currently has a maximum file size of 16MB for all media forwarded through its platform.

WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp for Android beta version has been delivered with the feature called ‘Video upload quality’ that will permit users to pick which quality they need to pick for video sharing. A screen capture shared by WABetaInfo proposes that users would get ‘Auto (suggested)’, ‘Best quality’, and ‘data saver’ as the three preset alternatives to browse.

The ‘Auto (suggested)’ option would detect the best compression algorithm for explicit videos, while the ‘Best quality’ is power WhatsApp to send videos in their highest available resolution. However, the ‘Data saver’ option would be specifically for people who don’t have a high bandwidth network and are fine to share videos in their compressed form.

Users changing to the ‘Best quality’ option may have to wait longer for a more extended time frame for the videos to reach their contacts on WhatsApp, depending on the network speed they have and the hardware they are using. However, it would enhance the resolution to provide a better viewing experience.

WhatsApp may give the reported feature under its Storage and data settings. Note that the component is at present a work in progress and is probably going to be accessible through a future update.

Right now WhatsApp doesn’t allow users to send videos that are over 16MB in size, which is equivalent from around 90 seconds to three minutes, as the organization has referenced on its FAQ pages. It is unclear whether that size limit will continue to be in place when the new high-resolution feature debuts.