How to send high quality videos via WhatsApp on Android and iPhone

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WhatsApp limits the download / upload of videos to 16MB so that the sharing experience is almost the same for everyone. In 2021, 16MB is too short, considering that today's smartphones can easily record 4K videos. That said, there are some ways to get around the video limit and send videos on WhatsApp without losing quality on iPhone and Android.


Using the official method, if you try to send a video larger than 16MB, WhatsApp will heavily compress the video file causing it to lose quality to fall within the 16MB limit. You can easily send high quality video files via WhatsApp on Android and iPhone using the solutions mentioned below. Let's begin.



1. Send video as a file

WhatsApp allows you to send files as a document / file. So instead of sending your video as a video file, you can share it as a regular file. Users can easily select video as a file and send up to 100MB of uncompressed video files. Follow the steps below.

How to send high quality videos via WhatsApp on iPhone

On iPhone, you need to save the video from the Photos app to the Files app. Only then can you browse and send the video on WhatsApp. Don't worry though. It is much simpler than it looks. Follow the steps below.


  1. Open the Photos app on iPhone.
  2. Open the video you want to send on WhatsApp.
  3. Select the Share button below.
  4. Tap the Save to File option and select the location where you want to save the video.
  5. Open WhatsApp and switch to the conversation.
  6. Tap the + icon and select Document.
  7. Browse the Files app and select the saved video you want to send.
  8. Tap the Send button at the top and send the video in high quality to iPhone.

Unlike the usual method, you won't be able to preview the video. You can only see the name and size of the video.



How to send high quality videos via WhatsApp on Android

On Android, there is no need to save the video as a file as you can easily browse the entire photo and video library using the default file manager. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open WhatsApp and switch to the conversation.
  2. Tap the little Pin icon and select Document.
  3. Tap Browse other documents. You can use the Video filter above to quickly see all the videos saved on your device.
  4. Tap the video and hit the Send button to share the high quality video on Android WhatsApp.

2. Use the cloud storage app

The above trick is limited to sending files up to 100MB in size. There is no way around this limitation. If you want to send a video file larger than 100MB, you need to get help from cloud storage services like Google Drive or OneDrive. Simply upload the video to these platforms and generate a shareable link. Here's how to do it.


In the example below, we're using the Google Drive app as it's the most popular cloud service out there and offers a generous 15GB of storage to begin with. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open the photos and browse the video you want to send.
  2. Tap the Share button and upload it to Google Drive.
  3. Open the Google Drive app and locate the video.
  4. Find the three-dot menu next to the video.
  5. Tap the Copy Link option from the bottom menu.
  6. Open the WhatsApp app and switch to the conversation.
  7. Paste the Google Drive link and you are ready to send high quality videos via WhatsApp on Android and iPhone.

The recipient can simply open the Google Drive link and download or watch the video.



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Send a high resolution video on Whatsapp

You can always use a rival app like Telegram or Viber to send high quality videos with no file size limit. But that's not the point here. Considering the popularity of WhatsApp, it is not easy to leave the WhatsApp ecosystem as probably all your contacts use this application. Follow the steps above and you can easily send a high resolution video via WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.



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