WhatsApp plans big data upgrade for users

Until now, WhatsApp has not been very suitable for exchanging large files with each other. But that could soon come to an end, because the messenger apparently wants to increase the limit for file sizes.

Photos, music, videos – anyone who wanted to share large amounts of data via WhatsApp quickly reached the limit. The exchange of files is limited to a size of 100 MB – at least at present. According to a report from “WABetaInfo”, the messenger has started a test in which it has increased the data limit and thus enables the sharing of files up to 2 GB in size.

WhatsApp increases data limit to 2 GB

The test phase is currently running in Argentina. Here, selected WhatsApp beta testers with Android smartphones or iPhones can already try out the higher data limit. For example, 2 GB is equivalent to a complete movie in good HD quality or a larger photo collection. The 2 GB applies per message sent. With the introduction of the new limit, large amounts of data could be sent via WhatsApp. However, this could also lead to problems, as it would become easier to send illegal copies, for example.

It is currently still completely unclear whether the increase in the data limit will make it out of the test phase and into an official version of WhatsApp. The test probably serves on the one hand to better estimate how many WhatsApp users really need and use the higher data limit. And on the other hand, to check the effects of the increase on the infrastructure – i.e. on the load of the servers and networks.

In principle, the Messenger could cut back the data limit at any time and thus end the test, writes WABetaInfo. However, it is also quite possible that the new function will soon move into WhatsApp as an official update.


  • WABetaInfo