The developers of WhatsApp are going to add support for more file types. This means that you will be able to send, and receive, different kinds of files from your contacts. Even though WhatsApp allowed you to send, and receive, files for a long time now, the feature was still pretty limited. Besides photos, Office documents and PDF files, the sharing feature was not able to recognize other types of files. This problem is now being taken care of by WhatsApp.
Sharing Files over WhatsApp
According to several sources, the latest version of WhatsApp is going to allow users to share files of all types. For instance, you could share an entire ZIP folder if you wanted to share big quantities of files with your contacts. You can also send APK files if you are on an Android, if you wanted to share a certain app with your friends. Sharing files over WhatsApp isn’t going to change. Simply start a chat with a contact, select the file on your device and send it over.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be any limitations to the new update. For instance, the size of the file may only be a total of 100MB on both Android and iOS smartphones/devices. If you are using WhatsApp Web as your messenger, the maximum size of files send can only be 64MB. This means that you can’t use WhatsApp to directly send over large movies, large quantities of photos etc.
100MB (or 64MB) might sound large. However, you have to take into consideration that smartphones keep getting larger storage capabilities.This means that the amount of files on those smartphones are increasing in amounts as well. While a limit in file size might be temporary, users of WhatsApp are looking for the limit to be lifted in the near future.
Available for Beta Testers
The latest version of WhatsApp, with the new file support, is only available for a small group of beta testers. This means that it’s likely that you don’t have access to the new features yet. It is expected that the new file support feature will be released very shortly. The beta testers first have to test out if the file support actually works. On top of that, there will also be a few performance improvements, as the new file support will put a heavier load on WhatsApp. If you are interested in trying out the latest WhatsApp version, keep an eye on the app market.