WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature that will expand the size limit for file sharing to 2GB from the current limit of 100MB. The new feature is already under testing with selected beta users, according to details provided by none other than WABetaInfo, a service that tracks new features on the encrypted messenger.
According to the details, there are few beta users of WhatsApp for Android as well as WhatsApp for iOS in Argentina that have already gotten the ability to share large media files of up to 2GB in size from the previous file sharing limit of 100MB on WhatsApp.
The report says that WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, and 220.127.116.11 on Android and beta version 18.104.22.168 on iOS are marked as compatible updates. However, since the feature is still under testing, the meta-owned company may not roll out the feature to all users right now.
The increase in the file sharing limit on WhatsApp will prove to be an essential feature for users, who until now had been restricted to 100MB, which made it harder for users to share large media files across the platform and they had to opt for alternate platforms or software for the same.
It is still unclear if WhatsApp users will be allowed to share images with their full resolutions or the increase in file sharing limit will only apply for other types of media files. It bears mentioning that the company compresses media files sent over the instant messenger, which forces users to send these files as documents to retain their original quality.
It is pertinent to mention that WhatsApp is also testing showing previews of media files sent as documents. The feature was also spotted by WABetaInfo, but it still hasn’t been released on a global scale.