How to send media, contacts, or location

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Send media, documents, location, or contacts

To send media, documents, links, location, or contacts, you first need to grant the app permission to access your iPhone's Contacts, Photos, Camera, or Location Services in iPhone Settings > Privacy.
  1. Open an individual or group chat.
  2. To quickly take or attach a photo or video, tap
    . To attach other media, tap
    , then tap:
    • Camera to take a new photo or video with your camera.
    • Photos to select a photo or video from your iPhone. To add additional photos or videos, tap
      add item
      in the text field. Tap to select additional photos or videos, then tap Next.
    • Document to select a document of up to 2 GB from iCloud Drive or other apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
    • Location to send your location or a nearby place. Learn more about sharing your device's location in this article.
    • Contact to send the information of a contact. By default, all details stored in the phone's address book for the selected contact will be shared. Tap Next. Tap items on the Share Contacts screen to deselect information that you don't want shared.
  3. Tap
    or Send, if prompted.
  • To adjust the quality of an attached photo or video, tap
    hd media
    > Standard quality or HD quality before tapping
  • The quality of media uploaded to WhatsApp may be lower than the original version because media files are usually compressed when shared. To avoid low quality profile pictures, we suggest using an image with height and width of at least 192 pixels.
  • It's not possible to edit media when sharing to WhatsApp directly from other apps on iPhone. We recommend downloading the media to your device first if you want to edit it before sending.
  • To share a link, copy the link you'd like to share and paste it into the chat.
  • For users with a faster internet connection, the default video size limit is 100MB and 720p resolution.
  • For users with a slower internet connection, the default video size limit is 64MB and 480p resolution.
  • Status videos have a maximum duration of 30 seconds.
  • HD media isn’t currently available for status updates or profile pictures.
  • For documents, the maximum file size allowed is 2 GB.

Forward media, documents, location, or contacts

  1. Open an individual or group chat.
  2. Tap and hold the type of message you wish to forward, then tap Forward. You can select multiple messages.
  3. Tap
  4. Tap the chat you want to forward the message to then tap Forward.
When you forward media, documents, locations, or contacts, you don't have to upload them again. Forwarded messages that weren't originally sent by you will display a "Forwarded" label.

Share audio notes

Voice messages and audio notes can only be saved within WhatsApp. If you need to save an audio note, you can send the audio to yourself via email.
  1. Tap the voice message or audio note > Forward.
  2. Tap
    and choose email.
To email all audio notes or voice messages in a specific group or chat:
  1. Open the individual group or chat.
  2. Tap the name of the group or contact.
  3. Tap Export chat > Attach Media.
  4. Select your email app from the list of sharing options.
Note: To play voice messages outside of WhatsApp, you must use a media player that supports .opus files.

Save media

  1. Tap your contact's or group's name to see Contact Info or Group Info.
  2. Change the Save to Camera Roll setting to one of the options below:
    • Default (Off): Incoming media will or won't be saved depending on your settings. Check your settings by tapping Settings > Chats > Save to Camera Roll.
    • Always: All incoming media from the chat is saved.
    • Never: All incoming media from the chat won't be saved.

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