It’s been coming and finally, it’s here. WhatsApp is rolling out an update that will enable all users send and receive any file type on the popular chat app.
Up to now, WhatsApp has only supported a handful of file types that include PDFs, Word documents, spreadsheets and slides, but once the new update comes your way, it will be possible to throw anything to the app and it will handle it comfortably.
This is a good thing from the Facebook-owned app, especially since there has never been a clear understanding as to why it hasn’t been able to support more file types for such a long time. However, this latest version is currently rolling out in stages and apparently, only a handful of people can enjoy the new functionality.
According to WABetaInfo, the platform that first discovered this nifty addition, those using WhatsApp on Android will be able to share any file types that do not exceed 100MB in size. The case will be a little different for iOS users, who will be able to share file sizes of up to 128MB. If you also use the chat app on a PC or via the web version, WhatsApp Web, this size is even smaller at just 64MB.
There’s no clear explanation as to why different platforms are getting support for different file sizes or maybe why WhatsApp has opted to cap the size of files to be shared. However, it’s probably because the tech giant doesn’t want to cause crashing issues to its servers while more than a billion people try to send huge files to their friends, for instance, 4K video recordings.
If you haven’t yet received the update, don’t worry. WhatsApp is currently testing it with a few people and it will soon be headed your way. If you have already received it, feel free to share the fun with us in your comments below.