WhatsApp Tests New 2GB File Size Transfer Limit

WhatsApp is testing out a much larger 2GB cap for file transfers between users of the instant messaging platform, reports WABetaInfo.
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WhatsApp's file-sharing capabilities have become a key feature of the service, and the app has included the ability to share media files within conversations since 2017, but its 100MB file size limitation hasn't changed in that time.

However, according to iOS screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, the Meta-owned service has been trialing a new 2GB file size limit for some users in Argentina over the last few days.

Upping the limit to 2GB should make the platform a lot more amenable to sharing video clips and other large media file types, which would also be securely transferred via WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.

It's not clear if the change is just a temporary localized test or the beginning of a wider rollout, but WhatsApp often performs trials of new features in development in this way, so there's a good chance it could become the norm for all users of the service at some point in the future.

Other new features WhatsApp has recently been testing include the ability to conduct polls within groups on the chat platform and the option of iMessage-style message reactions.

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Top Rated Comments

owaint Avatar
28 months ago

This will work nicely since my daughter is going to college in England we can send family pictures and other documents that might need her signature
Don't worry, tridley, we've had email over here for a couple of years now
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kyjaotkb Avatar
28 months ago
Ew. means more people will feel entitled to use up our phone's local storage and iCloud space, where conversations are backed up. Priority-wise, what about a frig**n Apple Watch app, Whatsapp, please. Notifications with blurry pictures are an awful way to communicate. I would drop Whatsapp if I could (anticipating the flow of comments here from North America) but literally 100% of all my contacts are using it exclusively. Family, friends,
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Frign Avatar
28 months ago
Given the cost of hosting and even considering they run their own data-centers and save costs by buying bulk, hosting gigabytes of data is still rather costly. Naturally, one should always ask themselves how such a "free" business model works.

If you cannot identify the revenue model chances are you - the user - are the product.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joshwenke Avatar
28 months ago

STOP SAYING WHATSAPP IS SECURE! Seriously, so many media outlets are saying that WhatsApp and Telegram and others are secure. They are not! Signal, Wire, Threema are a few that are actually truly secure.
https://securemessagingapps.com/
@cyanite I encourage you to reply with why you disagree. Check out that website. There are many factors other just saying your app has E2E encryption that makes it secure.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5232152 Avatar
28 months ago
I don't trust Facebook with my personal information why would I trust them with my files?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joshwenke Avatar
28 months ago
STOP SAYING WHATSAPP IS SECURE! Seriously, so many media outlets are saying that WhatsApp and Telegram and others are secure. They are not! Signal, Wire, Threema are a few that are actually truly secure.
https://securemessagingapps.com/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)