If you use Facebook Messenger on a daily basis, chances are that you have noticed how images you send via Messenger get compressed and the quality often drops quite noticeably.
So… is there a way to send high-res photos via Messenger? And how much exactly does Messenger crunch and compress your photos?
Facebook Messenger photo compression explained
- Android phones 960p (1K), average file size 100KB
- iPhones 2048p (2K), average file size 400KB
So… is there a way to send higher quality photos via Messenger?
There used to be an option to send HD photos, but it’s now removed from the app, so the answer is no.
However, there is one workaround that you can use to get at least slightly higher photos from an Android phone. That workaround is to install Facebook Lite. Controversial as it may seem, the lighter version of Facebook that is meant to save data and work on affordable phones, actually defaults to sending 2K photos much like you typically get on an iPhone.
We have tried other suggested solutions: some users suggest that if you open a conversation, then tap on the profile of the person you are talking to and then go into the “View Photos & Videos” tab, you will get higher quality versions of photos there, but we found that NOT to be the case.
Conclusion: there is no way to send a full size image on Messenger in 2021
So unfortunately, as of 2021, there is no way to send photos in their original file size via Messenger and you would need to use a different app for that. One such app that is popular in some parts of the world is instant messenger Viber, which has an “original file size” option.