When you share a video on WhatsApp, it is compressed.
When the video is compressed, there’s quality loss. This isn’t usually noticeable on a small smartphone screen.
Sometimes, however, the video appears blurry as a result of the compression.
However, sometimes you just want the recipient to view the video in full resolution so that he doesn’t miss out on color details.
There is a way to send and share WhatsApp videos without losing the original quality.
As you may already know, WhatsApp places a limitation of 16MB for photos, videos, and voice messages.
But this limitation can be overcome so that you can retain the video resolution and quality.
- 1 Why Do Your Videos Lose Quality on WhatsApp?
- 2 How to Stop WhatsApp from Reducing Video Quality?
- 3 Method 1: Share the Video as a Document
- 4 Steps to Sharing WhatsApp Video as a Document
- 5 Step 2 – Send Video File as a Document
- 6 Sharing WhatsApp Video Above 100MB
Why Do Your Videos Lose Quality on WhatsApp?
Your videos lose quality because WhatsApp compresses them. This is to ensure they take less time and bandwidth to be uploaded to WhatsApp’s servers. When a video is compressed the recipient takes less time and bandwidth to download it.
But then sometimes quality matters as opposed to speed.
The recipient may want quality instead of the speed of downloading a video file.
Here are ways to avoid WhatsApp compression when sharing a high-quality video or photo.
How to Stop WhatsApp from Reducing Video Quality?
Here are the two methods you can use to stop WhatsApp from reducing the quality of the videos you share.
To avoid WhatsApp compressing your video, you need to choose the Document mode when sharing it.
Wouldn’t WhatsApp compress my video in document mode as it’s larger than 16MB?
No, because the maximum file applies only to photos, videos, and voice messages.
As for documents, the maximum file size allowed is 100MB.
So make sure your video file size is below 100MB.
Steps to Sharing WhatsApp Video as a Document
Step 1 – Transfer the Video to Your Phone Document Folder
First of all, you need to move your video files to your documents folder. This is because WhatsApp only allows you to pick files from the document folder when sending your video in Document mode.
Go to your File browser app on your phone.
After opening it, choose your video folder.
Next, choose your video from the appropriate folder.
We have selected a video file larger than 16MB.
After selecting the video file, click on the three dots on the top right.
From the dropdown menu choose Move.
Move the video file to Internal Storage.
Next, choose the Documents folder.
When you tap on done, your video file is transferred to the Documents folder.
You’re now ready to send the video file as a document through WhatsApp.
Step 2 – Send Video File as a Document
First, choose the message recipient. Then tap on the paper clip icon.
Then select Document.
You’ll be brought to your documents folder. By default, all your document files will be listed.
If you don’t see your video file, do a search for it by entering .mp4.
You’ll see a list of your video files. Select the one you want to send.
You’ll be asked to confirm whether you want to send the video file. Click on Send.
You’ll see WhatsApp sending a video file that’s larger than 16MB.
Wait until the process the completed. It may take a while.
The video file which has a file size of 29MB has been successfully sent.
But what if your video file size exceeds 100MB?
Sharing WhatsApp Video Above 100MB
No matter what, you can’t send a video file exceeding 100MB in WhatsApp Document mode.
The workaround is to use a cloud storage app.
Google Drive is recommended.
First, select the video file from your phone. Then tap the Share button.
Choose Drive as your option.
Select the folder you wish to share the video to and then select Save.
Next, find the file in your Google Drive and click on the 3 dots.
From the menu, choose Copy link.
Next, go to WhatsApp and paste the link.
The person receiving the link would just have to click on the link to open and play the video.
Also, he can download the video and play it.
Those are the two ways you can share WhatsApp videos without losing quality.
Choosing these methods will ensure that WhatsApp doesn’t compress your video and reduce its quality.
Choose your preferred method and give it a try.
Check out the video guide below to refresh your understanding of the above steps.