About HD photos and videos

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You can share special moments with friends and family in high definition by changing the quality settings of your photo or video. Select HD in your message media to share photos and video that enhance everyday moments or special occasions.
Note: HD media isn’t currently available for status updates or profile pictures.
Send HD media
  1. Go to the Chats tab and select the person or group you’d like to share HD media to.
    • Create a new picture or video.
    • Tap the attach icon, then select an existing photo or video you’d like to share.
  2. Tap the HD icon.
  3. Select the quality you want to send the media in: Standard quality or HD quality. You can also choose to edit your media and add a caption. Note: If you share HD media using your cellular network, “Continue without WiFi?” might appear. Tap Continue if you’d like to share HD media using your cellular network.
  4. Tap the send icon. HD media will have an HD label in the chat. Note: HD quality is clearer. Standard quality uses less storage space and is faster to send.
Configure auto-download settings
Photo and video download quality is based on your network conditions. To configure your auto-download settings:
  1. Tap Settings > Storage and data.
  2. In the Media auto-download section, tap When using mobile data, When connected on Wi-Fi, or When roaming.
  3. Check the box next to the type of media you’d like to auto-download to your device. Tap OK.
    • Uncheck the box next to the type of media to disable auto-download settings. Tap OK.
Note:
  • By default, media quality is set to Standard quality. HD quality is opt-in only and applies on a per-send basis.
  • Sending HD media might be faster when using WiFi instead of your cellular network.
  • You can’t upgrade the quality of an existing photo you’ve sent, but you can send it again in HD quality.
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