With the development of a lot of features in several apps, we have been offered more than one option to send images and videos online. Thanks to communication all being transferred to chatting apps like WhatsApp, it has become a common link and a convenient way to transfer pictures. But consequently, we tend to lose on quality unless we use it the right way. This article talks about 5 ways to do so.
Create a ZIP file
When you have multiple images to send, a ZIP file is handy since it allows you to compress the files and send it all together in a folder-like form, not reducing the quality in the process and making the transfer easier.
It is especially helpful when the files are heavier since compression helps bring down the file size without compromising on the quality much. It is smoother to share large files in a ZIP format than to reduce their sizes and then send them separately.
Use a third-party app or website to convert into the ZIP file if your file manager does not allow for the same. Attach the ZIP file as a ‘document’ in the WhatsApp sharing settings. This ensures clarity of the image while transferring multiple images with large sizes.
Play with the extensions
Another way of not compromising on quality would be to change the extensions of the images that you are sending. This would basically mean that you’d be using it as a bridge to not compromise on the quality.
Both the sender and the recipient would have to do this step. It is a little time consuming if you have several files, but it is helpful and doesn’t require any third-party app whatsoever. All you need to do is change the file extension to ‘.pdf’ from ‘.jpg/jpeg’ by renaming the file in your file manager.
Send it using the ‘document’ sharing options from WhatsApp and ask the receiver to download the file/s. They need to rename the files’ extension to ‘.jpeg’ again to be able to see it as images in their gallery. This process is much easier when using the WhatsApp web.
WhatsApp accommodates the easy sharing of not only files and folders but also links. To avoid the pictures shared on WhatsApp to be pixelated, it is quite often easier to circulate it through the app but on some other platform that ensures intact quality.
Clouds are a great way to be connected in this case. Upload your pictures on the cloud and share the link to the cloud via WhatsApp messages. There are several cloud services available, and a separate folder for multiple images also sorts out things for you.
The easiest to use and the most common one is Google Drive since it allows you to let other people add to your folder as well, giving you all one place to communicate instead of several WhatsApp images/ group spam messages with these images.
Sharing as a document
There are times when the image in question needs to be shared immediately, and the quality can not be compromised. The easiest way in this scenario is to be quick with the in-app features and share the image as a document directly. It is ideal for documents clicked and sent via the camera and not a proper scanner, or any other image with detailing.
You can click on the ‘document’ tab after the attachment button and choose the image directly so as to send it in a form that needs to be downloaded like a document first and then opened in the gallery with the help of the phone in-built file manager.
The added advantage of using this feature is that there is no extra hassle, and it saves a lot of time even when there are multiple images to be sent. The only drawback is that all of these images will have to be opened separately, and the ease of swiping through for the next picture is lost.
Change data settings
WhatsApp allows you to change your data settings to accommodate both low and high-quality data exchange. This is ideal not to let your mobile data be used unprecedentedly. However, they do not decide which way you have to keep it.
You can easily change your data settings from the ‘Settings’ tab in WhatsApp and untick low storage data usage. This will allow the free flow of data to provide you with better quality images, even though it will use more data.
It is not very effective for a high number of files since there is only a minimal guarantee of this method to turn out to be fool-proof. It is not exactly helpful in giving original quality images but improves the quality of images received or sent significantly.