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

WhatsApp enforces the video upload/send limit to 16MB so that the sharing experience is almost the same for everyone. 16MB is very small considering that in 2021 today’s smartphones can easily record 4K videos. However, there are some ways to bypass the video limit to send high quality videos on WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.

Using the official method, when you try to send a video larger than 16MB, WhatsApp will heavily compress the video file and make it potato quality to fit within the 16MB limit. Sometimes, when you want the recipient person to search for certain details, it defeats the purpose of posting a video on WhatsApp.

You can easily send high quality video files on WhatsApp on Android and iPhone using the solutions mentioned below. Lets start.

1. Send Video as File

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

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


On iPhone, you need to save the video from the Photos app to the Files app. But after that, you can browse and send the video on WhatsApp.

Don’t worry though. Much simpler than it looks. Follow the steps below.

Stage 1: Open the Photos app on iPhone.

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

Stage 3: Select the Share button at the bottom.

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

Choose share
Save video to files app

Step 5: Open WhatsApp and go to chat.

Step 6: Tap the + icon and select Document.

select button
send document on whatsapp iphone

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

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

Select video from Files app
send full quality video on whatsapp

Unlike the usual method, you cannot see the video preview. He can only see the video name and size.

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

Stage 1: Open WhatsApp and go to chat.

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

Choose PIN
select document

Stage 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 in 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 this limitation.

If you want to send a video file larger than 100MB in size, you’ll need help from cloud storage services like Google Drive or OneDrive.

Upload the video to these platforms and create a shareable link. Here’s how to do it.

Note: In the example below, we’re using the Google Drive app, as it’s the most popular cloud service and offers a generous 15GB of initial storage.

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

Follow the steps below.

Stage 1: Open photos and browse for the video you want to send.

Step 2: Tap the share button and upload to Google Drive.

video sharing
Upload the video to the driver

Stage 3: Open the Google Drive app and find the video.

Step 4: Find the three-dot menu next to the video.

Step 5: Tap Copy link from the submenu.

Tap the three dots menu
Copy driver link

Step 6: Open WhatsApp and go to chat.

Step 7: Paste the Google Drive link and you’re ready.

Paste Google Drive link on whatsapp

The recipient can open the Google Drive link and download or watch the video.

Send a Full Resolution Video on WhatsApp

There is always discussion about using a competing app like Telegram or Viber to send high quality videos without any file size limit. But that’s not the point. Given the popularity of WhatsApp, leaving the WhatsApp ecosystem is not easy as all your contacts are probably using the service.

Follow the steps above and you can easily send high quality videos via WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.

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