Facebook Messenger Now Allows Sending and Receiving Images in 4K
Facebook Messenger has grown to become the to-go messaging solution for many people out there. While it’s arguably bloated with unnecessary features and gimmicks (especially since Facebook sought out to destroy Snapchat at all costs with Instagram, Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp), it’s still one of the biggest ones out there, if not the biggest, sitting at 2 billion active users worldwide. However, some parts of Messenger are still underwhelming, like sending images.
Previously, the compression algorithms for sending and receiving images were kind of invasive, often taking away lots of detail from your pictures. These compressed images, while they worked well enough for most use cases like a quick snap at a vacation or a picture of a meal, often suffered from severe detail loss due to Messenger compression. Now, Facebook is toning down those algorithms to instead favor image quality.
Images sent and received through Facebook Messenger will now have a max resolution of 4096 x 4096 px – barely a step down from the average smartphone camera picture, and a big step up from Facebook’s previous max resolution of 2K – ensuring the receiver sees newly sent images sharper and richer than before with improved, toned down compression. Images sent in 4K resolution will also be sent just as quickly as heavily compressed ones.
The process for sending 4K images is exactly the same: just update your app, open a conversation, tap the camera roll icon, select an image and tap send. If the receiver has updated their Messenger application, then they will receive the full-res version of the image instead of a downscaled, compressed version.
17 billion images are sent through Messenger each month, so this is truly a welcome change for Messenger users. However, it’s not immediately available for everyone: the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea will be able to take advantage of 4K support initially, with other countries scheduled to added to this list within the next few weeks.