The incredible WhatsApp update will change the way you send videos forever

A brilliant WhatsApp upgrade makes it much easier to send large videos and files to friends.

WhatsApp is great for sending photos, but it has its limitations.

WhatsApp is testing a new file size limit


WhatsApp is testing a new file size limitPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

If you want to send a very long video (or huge file), you may encounter a size limit.

That means the file you want to send is just too big to transfer via WhatsApp.

For example, it is currently impossible to send a file over 100MB on WhatsApp.

With file sizes exploding in the modern age, this is an easy limit to cross.

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Now WhatsApp appears to be testing a feature that would allow users to send files up to 2GB in size.

That’s about 20 times more than the current limit.

The change was spotted by WABetaInfo, a tech blog that regularly tracks new WhatsApp features.

WhatsApp is currently testing the change in “beta” – a trial version of the app used by die-hard fans and developers to see new features in action first.

That means it’s entirely possible that WhatsApp discards the change before it even makes it to the live app.

WhatsApp has also given no indication of when the change might roll out – so it could be weeks, months or even years.

“We don’t even know if WhatsApp plans to roll out the same feature to more people in the future as this is a test,” WABetaInfo wrote.

“WhatsApp can even undo the changes by restoring the previous limit after the test: only time will tell.”

It is currently being tested on the iOS beta, specifically in Argentina.

So we’ll see it rolled out to other WhatsApp beta regions first before finally ending up on the general release version of the app.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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