WhatsApp is rolling out a functionality that allows users to send original quality media as document files. The latest version, 23.24.73, is now available on the App Store.
First reported by WABetaInfo, the feature was introduced in the WhatsApp beta for the iOS 18.104.22.168 update and was limited to only some users. However, with the 23.24.73 update, WhatsApp is making this enhancement available to everyone, making it easier for users to share photos and videos without compromising their original quality.
The official changelog provided by WhatsApp reveals additional noteworthy updates. Users can now initiate voice chats in large groups without causing a ringing disturbance for every participant.
To utilise this feature, users can open the shat share sheet, tap Document and then select Choose Photo or Video. Using this feature, you can send a file of up to 2 GB, noted The Verge.
A new bubble system in chats has been introduced, aiding users in identifying missed, ongoing, and completed calls. Furthermore, users can react to status updates using their avatars, adding a personal touch to their interactions.
For those who may immediately see these features, WhatsApp notes in the changelog that some accounts may receive them in the coming weeks. Regularly updating the app from the App Store and the TestFlight app is recommended to ensure access to these features.
It is unclear when the Android users of WhatsApp will get this feature. However, WhatsApp allowed account switching for Android users a few months back, allowing users with multiple WhatsApp accounts.
WhatsApp also rolled out the Call Silencing feature to combat spam calls. In June, WhatsApp launched Channels, a one-to-many broadcast feature. In May, WhatsApp allowed users to edit sent messages and also introduced a Chat Lock feature.
In February this year, WhatsApp introduced picture-in-picture for iOS users for multitasking users.