WhatsApp offers multiple options for sending files, including sending them from the gallery, HD images, and attached documents. The latter two options are ideal for sharing files in original quality and for sharing sensitive information, like location coordinates.
The most common way to send an image via WhatsApp is through the ‘Attach’ button, which allows users to choose content from the camera or gallery. However, WhatsApp automatically compresses images when sending them, resulting in a loss of resolution. To address this issue, WhatsApp launched the option to send high-quality (HD) photos and documents, which allow users to send images without losing resolution.
While these options prevent the platform from reducing the quality of the content, they carry the risk of sharing sensitive data, such as location coordinates, through image metadata. The EXIF data stored in images can reveal information like the resolution, file type, date and time the photo was taken, and more.
To avoid sharing this information with third-party applications that can display EXIF data like Google Files. It’s essential to be mindful of what information is included when sharing images through messaging platforms. Users can also modify or remove EXIF data using third-party applications before sharing an image through WhatsApp or any other messaging platform.
When sending an image in HD or as a document through WhatsApp, it’s crucial to be aware that recipients can access EXIF data through applications that display metadata like Google Files. This poses potential privacy risks if shared with others who may misuse this information.
In conclusion, while WhatsApp offers various options for sending files with original quality and without losing resolution; it is essential to consider privacy concerns when sharing sensitive information via messaging platforms. Users should be cautious about what information they include when sending images or documents and take necessary steps to protect their privacy by modifying or removing EXIF data before sharing it on any platform.