Initially, WhatsApp allowed to send files and multimedia documents not exceeding 15 MB. Fortunately, this limit was increased to 100 MB maximum size some time ago. This way we can send any kind of file, for example audio and «heavy» videos that do not exceed that size, Word documents, PDF documents, ZIP files, RAR files or APK files, directly from the chat window and without additional applications.
However, 100 «megabytes» will still be insufficient in some cases. To send larger files, the simplest solution is to go to cloud storage services. The most practical would be to share the file via Google Drive as I explain below, because this application is already pre-installed on most Android devices.
How to send any file via WhatsApp (up to 100 MB)
- Open the WhatsApp application.
- Select the conversation with the contact to whom you want to send the file.
- Touch the paper clip (next to the box to write a message).
- Choose the «Documents» option. You will see a list of files to choose from. If you want to find the file on your device’s storage space, tap «Find other documents.»
Don’t be fooled by the word «Documents.» As I said before and can be seen in the illustrations, you can send any file saved in your mobile storage space or even in your cloud accounts.
Obviously, you don’t need to install anything extra. Before there were applications like that Wasend (currently discontinued) that allowed you to send files up to 150 MB in size with procedures between them. But if your file does not weigh more than 100 MB, you can do it directly with WhatsApp as shown above.
Large and heavy files (more than 100 MB)
The limit for sending files up to 100 MB on WhatsApp is unlikely to change in the short term. Therefore, if you want to send larger files, even more «gigs» or GB sizes, you’ll need to use cloud storage services, such as Google Drive.
Drive is pre-installed on most Android phones, so all you have to do is access the «Files» app on Android and select the video or file. From the menu (three-point button) use the «Share» option and then «Save to Drive». Choose the Gmail account for the file to be uploaded to it.
Then you need to access the Google Drive app, locate the file you just uploaded, tap the three button next to it, and change the access as shown above. Finally, use the «Copy link» option and then paste it into your WhatsApp chat. By touching the link, the other person will be able to see the file.
In older versions of Drive the process was slightly different, you need to leave the «Share via link» option enabled. The effect is the same in any case.
This Google service gives you up to 15 GB of free storage on the Internet, with the ability to upload files from size up to 10 GB, something that could be perfect for uploading and sharing a dual-layer DVD, which is usually around 9 GB.
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