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WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for the astonishing price of US $19 Billion, although the tag might sound a little too much to some people, the amount of data and total worth that WhatsApp would have been able to add to Facebook’s infrastructure was definitely considered to be worthy of such an investment.

After all the dust settled, WhatsApp removed the need for annual subscriptions, even though WhatsApp already provided free annual subscriptions for people living in countries without proper income nor any way of making online payments (countries in South Asia are a good example), it still required the people living in western countries to pay a small fee for its services.

From 2016 onward though, WhatsApp has been announced to be free worldwide.

What is WhatsApp?

It started as an instant messaging service which would replace the need to send text messages if both users were on an internet connection, after being more than successful in doing so, WhatsApp started expanding its services.

You’re now able to send audio files, short videos, take images directly from the camera or choose from your gallery while also being able to record audio and send it directly to the other party without any delay.

The addition of group conversations gave WhatsApp the power to connect people in a way that services like Skype had only hoped of, now in 2016 we’re expecting WhatsApp to finally add group call functionality.

The limitations

Free services have their limitations and as far as WhatsApp is concerned, one of its major limitation is the inability to send large video files, all videos need to be under 16 MB and as we all know, that’s not even half a minute of video capture on any modern phone as two minutes of HD video can easily equate to upwards of 200 MB.

WhatsApp solves this by automatically compressing the videos but this reduces the quality significantly and ultimately causes the final footage to be clunky at times.

A similar case can be seen on images where HD images on your phone are converted into mere kilobytes before getting transferred to the other person, on one hand this is a major benefit as this allows WhatsApp to use a lot less mobile data but on the other hand, people still wish to be able to transfer footage and images in HD if they’re able to provide the required internet bandwidth.

Unfortunately however, there’s no working solution which increases or removes the video size limit, if you wish to transfer videos of over 16 MB then you’re going to have much better luck uploading the video directly to your YouTube channel through the YouTube app which is already installed on your smartphone, then share the link to the person you want to send it to.

If you wish to hide the video from everyone except the person you send the link to, simply make the video Unlisted instead of Public, by doing so, only those with the link will be able to view the video. (Unlisted videos can’t be seen on channels or found via search)