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How to stop WhatsApp from reducing picture quality (Status & DP)

stop WhatsApp from reducing picture quality

No doubt, WhatsApp is an excellent instant messaging app, also great for audiovisual calling, and sharing videos and pictures especially.

Still, WhatsApp doesn’t maintain photo quality when you upload a display picture or status. 

The app automatically reduces the quality of your uploaded pictures to help you manage your data usage and upload media faster.

This might not seem like a problem for some regular users or those who don’t mind as it’s almost unnoticeable.

However, if you’re a fan of quality pictures or you’ve got a business on WhatsApp, then uploading pictures with high quality will do you or your business a lot of good.

Now, how do you stop Whatsapp from reducing picture quality on status?

How do you upload WhatsApp display pictures without losing quality?

Here’s the step-by-step guide you need.


How to stop WhatsApp from reducing picture quality on status and DP

The easiest way to upload WhatsApp DP without losing quality, or maintaining photo quality in status is by changing the media upload quality in settings.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp

Click on the Whatsapp icon on your phone menu to open the app.

Step 2: Go to settings

Click on the three vertical dots at the top right side of your WhatsApp page.

This will open a drop-down list of options. Click on settings.

Step 3: Click on storage and data settings

On the next page, click on the storage and data settings with the “Network usage, auto-download” description.

Step 4: Change photo upload quality

At the bottom of the storage and data settings is the Media upload quality setting.

Click on it and select the “Best quality option,” then click on OK.  This option will change your previous media settings, so your pictures will now be uploaded in the best quality.

Note: Selecting the “Best quality” option will make uploaded photos larger and could take longer to upload or send.

Another easy way to send high-quality pictures on WhatsApp

Another way to send high-quality photos on WhatsApp is to send your file as a pdf file. 

Now you are wondering how.

Step 1: To do this, you have to navigate to your device file manager and go to the folder where your desired photo is saved. 

Click on it and select the “Rename File” option. Just change the .jpeg or .png ending of the photo name to .pdf, then click save. Now your photo format has been changed to a pdf. 

Note: Try to memorize the new file name or copy it somewhere such as your device’s notepad (You’ll need it in the next step).

Step 2: Next, you have to open your WhatsApp and go to the option to share a Document instead of the Gallery option. Simply find the pdf file. You’ll find it faster by searching for the name.

Step 3: Just click on it and hit the send icon. Now your photo will be sent in a pdf format to the receiver.

Step 4: Tell the receiver to download the file and rename it by changing the ending back to the original format (.jpeg or .png). All they have to do is follow Step 1 as explained previously. 



Why does WhatsApp reduce picture quality?

WhatsApp automatically reduces your picture quality to help you manage your data. This feature is inbuilt and comes as a default setting. Nevertheless, you can always change your preferred media setting whenever you wish.

Bottom line

When you properly follow this step-by-step guide, you can start uploading high-quality pictures. 

Remember that you can also change it back to the default media settings. It’s an excellent way to manage your data usage. In all, you get to choose which method works best for you.