Top 2 Ways to Send High Qual­i­ty Videos on What­sApp on iPhone and Android

Parth Shah

WhatsApp app forces the video upload/send limit to 16MB so that the sharing experience is nearly the same for everyone. In 2021, 16MB is too small, considering that today's smartphones can easily record 4K videos. That said, there are some ways to bypass the video limit to send high-quality videos on WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.

Send high quality video on whatsapp

Using the official method, when you try to send a bigger video than 16MB, WhatsApp will heavily compress the video file and make it a potato quality to fit in the 16MB limit. Sometimes, it defeats the purpose of sending a video on WhatsApp when you want the receiving person to look for specific details.

You can easily send high-quality video files on WhatsApp on Android and iPhone using the solutions mentioned below. Let’s get started.

1. Send Video as a File

WhatsApp allows you to send files as a document/file. So instead of sending your video as a video file, you can share it as a regular file.

Users can easily select video as a file and send up to 100MB of uncompressed video files. Follow the steps below.

iPhone

On iPhone, you need to save the video from the Photos app to the Files app. Only after that, you will be able to browse and send the video on WhatsApp.

Don’t worry though. It’s much simpler than it sounds. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Photos app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Open the video that you want to send on WhatsApp.

Step 3: Select the Share button at the bottom.

Step 4: Tap on Save to Files option and select the location where you want to save the video.

Select share
Save video to files app

Step 5: Open WhatsApp and move to the conversation.

Step 6: Tap on the + icon and select Document.

Select button
Send document on whatsapp iphone

Step 7: Browse the Files app and select the saved video that you want to send.

Step 8: Tap on the Send button at the top and send the video in high-quality on iPhone.

Select video from the files app
Send full quality video on whatsapp

Unlike the usual method, you won’t be able to see the video preview. One can only see the video name and size.

Android

On Android, you don’t need to save the video as a file as you can easily browse the entire photos and videos library using the default file manager. Go through the steps below.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and move to the conversation.

Step 2: Tap on the little Pin icon and select Document.

Select pin
Select document

Step 3: Tap on Browse other documents. You can use the Videos filter at the top to quickly see all the videos saved on the device.

Send video from file manager on whatsapp
Video sent

Step 4: Tap on the video and hit the Send button to share the high-quality video on WhatsApp Android.

2. Use Cloud Storage App

The trick above is limited to sending files up to 100MB in size. There is no way to bypass that limitation.

If you want to send a video file more than 100MB in size, you need to take a helping hand from cloud storage services such as Google Drive or OneDrive.

Simply upload the video to these platforms and generate a sharable link. Here’s how to do it.

Note: In the example below, we are using Google Drive app as it’s the most popular cloud service out there and offers a generous 15GB of storage, to begin with.

The screenshots below are from the iPhone app. Since the Google Drive app uses the same UI on iOS and Android, the trick will work on Android.

Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Photos and browse the video that you want to send.

Step 2: Tap on the Share button and upload it to Google Drive.

Video share
Upload video on drive

Step 3: Open the Google Drive app and locate the video.

Step 4: Locate the three-dot menu beside the video.

Step 5: Tap the Copy link option from the bottom menu.

Tap on three dot menu
Copy drive link

Step 6: Open the WhatsApp app and move to the conversation.

Step 7: Paste the Google Drive link and you are all set to go.

Paste google drive link in whatsapp

The receiving person can simply open the Google Drive link and download or watch the video.

Send a Video in Full Resolution on WhatsApp

One can always argue about using a rival app such as Telegram or Viber to send high-quality videos without any file size limit. But that’s not the point here. Considering WhatsApp's popularity, it’s not easy to leave the WhatsApp ecosystem as all your contacts are probably using the service.

Go through the steps above, and you can easily send high-quality videos through WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.

Next up: Are you facing WhatsApp video call not working issue? Read the post below to learn the top eleven ways to fix the issue on iPhone and Android.


The above article may contain affiliate links which help support Guiding Tech. However, it does not affect our editorial integrity. The content remains unbiased and authentic.

Read Next

Join the newsletter

Parth Shah

Written By

Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.