How to send large files or videos on WhatsApp


WhatsApp is a popular messaging app used by more than a billion people globally. The app is used for text messaging, video calls, file sharing, and location share. Users can send and receive videos and other kinds of documents to their contacts, but with a restriction. WhatsApp doesn’t allow video or more than 16MB and a file or more than 100MB. WhatsApp also compresses videos and photos. So, it isn’t an ideal platform for video or photo sharing. What if you have a ZIP file of multiple documents and you want to share it with someone over WhatsApp? There are still workarounds. In this article, I will tell you how you can send large files on WhatsApp.

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1. Use a cloud storage service

Most people use this way for sharing large files. First, create a folder on Google Drive or any other cloud storage service like Dropbox. You can use any of the cloud storage services that you personally use. Upload the file there and genera the sharable public link. Now send this link to your contact over WhatsApp.

Files you upload on Cloud storage services will be counted against your free storage quota. If you do not want to upload files to your cloud storage account, you can use online file transfer services.

2. Use WeTransfer

I personally use WeTransfer for sharing large files. This online service lets you share a file of up to 2GB for free. Just upload your file on WeTransfer and generate the link.

send large files or videos on WhatsApp

Share this link with your WhatsApp contact. Other people don’t need to have an account or WeTransfer or don’t need to install any app. The link will open the browser with the option to download the file.

Wrap up

Now you know a few alternative ways of sending large files on WhatsApp. Basically, you are sending just the link on WhatsApp. There is no trick to bypass the limit on WhatsApp. If you do not want to use a third-party app and want to send video directly on WhatsApp, you can try video compressor apps. Still, I recommend the use of cloud services or file transfer services. I personally use Google Drive for videos and Google Photos for sharing photos to avoid WhatsApp’s compression.