Latest WhatsApp APK 18.104.22.168 Beta Released With Compression Toggle
The new WhatsApp APK beta (version 22.214.171.124) is now available for download. It allows you to set the compression level of images sent to others.
Latest released WhatsApp beta APK with option to set image compression when sending photos and images
When it comes to picture quality, we all know that every messaging platform owned by Facebook does not bode well. Send a picture using WhatsApp, zoom in a bit and you’ll know what we’re talking about. The compression is simply insane (read: horrible).
Today that all changes with the latest beta of WhatsApp for Android, carrying the version number 126.96.36.199. Once downloaded and installed, you will be able to choose the amount of compression the application applies to the image you send. Strictly focus on the word “image” as it doesn’t apply to videos at all.
When you go to Settings, then Storage and data, you will see a new entry here called Download quality of photos. Tap on it and you’ll be presented with three options – Auto, Best quality, Data saver.
Auto will evaluate the connection you are using and send images with the highest or lowest possible compression – the faster the connection, reduce the compression. Best quality, as the name suggests, will always apply as little image compression as possible. Last but not least, Data saver exists to apply maximum compression so you can send images instantly, but still sacrificing quality.
Our intuition tells us that many of you will simply opt for the Best quality option, however, Auto is highly recommended if you have an extremely limited data plan at hand. But hey, who are we to stop you from fixing what you want, right?
You can expect this feature to roll out to everyone in the coming days. Currently, it is only available to app beta testers.
WhatsApp has made great strides in recent times, with support for multiple devices being one of them. This means that you can access your chats on different devices without needing an active phone. Even if your battery is dead, you can still send messages using any other device signed into your account.
Apart from that, a new expiring media option is also coming to WhatsApp and is currently available for beta testers. Needless to say, the company is taking a page from the Snapchat book here, which is good. Everyone does it these days anyway. Stories are a prime example.