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You Can Now Send 4K Photos Using Facebook Messenger

Dave Parrack 21-11-2017

Facebook is introducing a new feature aimed at smartphone photographers 10 Simple Tricks to Boost Your Smartphone Photography There are a few tips that are especially useful when you're taking shots with your phone; they'll help you take your pictures from "blah" to "fantastic" in no time! Read More . Which describes 99% of us. Facebook is upping the maximum resolution Messenger supports, from 2K to 4K, meaning you can now send and receive photos at full resolution without Messenger compressing them.


I’m old enough to remember a time when viewing a photo online would cost you both time and money. Time, because said photo took an age to load, and money, because metered internet connections were evil. And now, in 2017, you can send 4K photos using Facebook Messenger.

What a time to be alive.

Smartphone Photography Is Everything

In a blog post announcing the change, Facebook reminds us all that messaging increasingly has a visual component. And alongside the GIFs and emojis we often send photos to our friends and family. This is especially true now that smartphones make excellent point and shoot cameras DSLRs vs. Smartphone Cameras: How Do They Compare? Everyone has a camera in their pocket, so is it worth getting a DSLR? We look at the pros and cons of each to help you make a decision. Read More .

To help budding smartphone photographers share their shots, Facebook has announced that “people can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution — or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image — the highest quality many smartphones support”. An increase from 2K.

Facebook then shares sets of photos, with comparisons between the 2K and 4K. There is a difference, but only for those with a keen eye, and who zoom in on a small part of the photos. Still, with 17 billion photos sent using Messenger every month, Facebook knows what it’s doing.


Sharing Photos of Food With Friends

This isn’t the biggest change in the world, and it’s one most of us probably won’t have ever noticed if we hadn’t had it pointed out to us. However, as more phones start shooting in 4K, the ability to share photos of your food Photographing Food? 6 Tips To Help You Make That Dish Look Appetizing Do you know what’s better than sitting down to an amazing meal? Taking pictures of it, of course. With that said, some food photos… Well, they just plain suck. Read More with friends in high resolution cannot be a bad thing.

Does your smartphone shoot photos in 4K? If so, does it make a significant difference to the quality? Have you ever wished you could send 4K photos using Facebook Messenger? Do you think you’ll make use of Messenger’s new capability? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: 4K, Facebook, Photo Sharing.

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  1. ACB23
    January 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    But aren't 4K images very big (file size)? I hope they added support for larger files too. Very often I used to append files to JPG with winrar and then send in to someone. Yeah, no one knew how to open such files but it was cool (nobody will even think about attempting to open a JPG with winrar to see if files are inside). So I added files, sent JPG to group and only technically skilled people knew how to get files out.

    PS: To append files just change suffix from JPG to RAR and add files. Then change the suffix back to JPG and send it. Do the same thing to get files out. Also avoid post-compression of image because of the files that can be damaged.