A future version of WhatsApp will give more control over the compression it applies to sent photos and videos. WABetaInfo reports that the two features are currently under development for the Android app and should eventually present three quality settings when sending photos and video. The settings are “Auto”, “Best Quality” or “Data Saver.”
If released in this form, it may force media to be more compressed if you are concerned about internet speeds or data caps, or lower the amount of compression to ensure that images or video are transmitted in their highest possible quality. Currently, avoiding WhatsApp compression involves modifying a file extension to send it as a document rather than an image or video (The next web have a guide on how to do this).
There is currently no word on when the feature may see an official release, and WABetaInfo the report specifically concerns the Android beta app and not iOS. But given the functionality parity between WhatsApps apps, development on iOS is probably not too far behind.
Picture and video quality settings join a growing list of unreleased WhatsApp features found by WABetaInfo. The most anticipated of these is multi-device support, which allows you to use the service across multiple devices. The app researcher reported that the feature was under development last year, and recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the feature will be launched soon.