More than a billion people will agree that WhatsApp is the best thing to have ever happened to the communications world.
The chat app, which was purchased by Facebook in early 2014 for a staggering $19 billion, keeps growing in stature with each and every update and the latest will for sure be welcomed by the many people who use it on their Android, iOS or even desktop devices.
While it’s not possible to explain why this hasn’t been possible for the many years WhatsApp has been around, but finally, the app is getting support for sending and receiving any file type. Before this update, users of the chat app were only limited to sending and receiving a handful of file types that include Word documents, PDFs, txt, ppt, just to name but a few. However, from now onwards, you will be able to enjoy sharing any file types with your friends on Android, iOS or desktops.
What this means is that WhatsApp users will now be able to natively exchange all archives and media files, which also means that there will be no need for compressing any files sent through the app. The latter part comes into play after the tech giant upped its game as far as file sizes shared on the platform are concerned.
For those using the app on Android, the new update will let you send or receive an impressive 100MB, which is not bad at all. If you are an iOS user, it gets even better as you get to send an extra 28MB as compared to Android users. However, since desktops are the home of large files, the Facebook-owned app doesn’t want to risk dealing with potential crashes and as a result, the file size has been capped at just 64MB. This cap will apply to both the desktop app as well as the web version of the app dubbed WhatsApp Web.
Despite the caps, this update is still a welcome addition and will make using the app even more enjoyable and fulfilling, especially for those who have been craving of sharing larger file sizes in just about every format. Before this update, sharing of other unsupported file types required that users download and install a third party app like SendAnyFile, which only but added more apps to the many that people have already installed on their phones, but this will be no more.
According to WABetaInfo, who first reported about this development, the update is available to a select number of users. This is because the tech giant is taking a cautious approach towards rolling out the functionality so as to ensure that things are in order when everyone finally gets it. With this in mind, don’t be surprised if the person seated next to you can already send and receive any file type on the app while the functionality is not available on your version – it will be there sooner than later.
So, if you have already received this functionality on your latest version of WhatsApp, do feel free to share the joy with us via the comments section below.
Meanwhile, the latest beta version of WhatsApp 2.17.234 and above is also testing another nifty feature in the shape of Albums. While this feature has already been released to iOS users, it has just hit the beta channel on Android. With this functionality, you will no longer see a congested thread when you send multiple photos to a friend or group, instead, these photos will be grouped in an album and give you a preview of the first four and an option to tap and open more photos in the same album.
This feature will automatically take effect when you share more than four photos in a single thread, which should make WhatsApp a lot tidier to use than before. If you are not part of the beta testing team via the Google Play Store, feel free to download the APK version via the APK Mirror and try it out before it’s finally rolled out to the stable version in the coming days or weeks for that matter.
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