A little less than a month ago, WhatsApp released a new feature on the beta channel that enabled users to share just about any type of file format on the instant messaging app. That in addition to expansion of the size limits.
It appears the company has ironed out all kinds on the feature, and is now rolling it to every user; all 1.2 billion of us. Right now, if you are running the latest version of the app, you can share any type of file format with your contact. That applies to one-on-one chats and group chats.
Previously, you could only send office documents via WhatsApp; files like .docx, .xlsx, pdf, and .JPEG. There were other considerable type of file formats you could not send using the messaging app. With the latest version, you can even send .mkv, xml, and .zip among others.
This new feature is will be especially helpful to forks that frequently collaborate on tasks from various remote locations. Well, there’s Google, Microsoft, and Apple cloud tools for that, but there’s only so much files you can work on together via the cloud. With WhatsApp, and its instant messaging feature, you could be sending each other files back and forth with a level of convenience most other alternatives like emailing back and forth can’t give you.
To use this feature, make sure you’re running the latest version of the messaging up. Head on to your respective app store to update your WhatsApp if you find you don’t have this feature.
Other new features that comes with this update
WhatsApp has also gotten an update that will show up photos and videos from your camera app by a single swipe upwards; swipe up and access videos and photos from the camera app. The update also brings a new feature that allows you to send pictures in a grouped gallery of five photos each.
Another new feature (well, it has been there for a while but most people don’t know about it), doing italicize, bold, and strikethrough is now simpler. Simply tap and hold a text and the options will pop up. Previously, you had to do some a bit technical tricks that seemed too much a hassle for some.