Facebook Messenger now allows you to send higher resolution photos

Doris Richards
November 22, 2017

Facebook has gone for the 4K resolution number as it's the highest resolution that many smartphones - like the Xperia XZ Premium - support.

Facebook Messenger is to enable users to share images at 4K resolution as part of an update to improve the popular messaging service. Up until now, images shared through Messenger were fairly low-resolution - not so low that they were unusable, but low enough to have a noticeable loss of quality. Facebook doesn't say how many of those pictures are downgraded 4K, but it does say that 4K photos will send as quickly as any other resolution. The change is the result of user feedback. We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger - and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month - we're making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever.

"Facebook" and "high-resolution images" aren't usually phrases that like to be seen in each other's company, but that may no longer be the case as of today. Messenger remains more convenient than both of those options.


The change is rolling out to Messenger now, though you may have to look closely at your smartphone screen to notice it.

There's nothing else that needs to be done when sending a photo - it'll automatically send the high-res version when you share the image with someone. Everyone else will get it "in the coming weeks".

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