How to send any types of file via WhatsApp

WhatsApp is probably the biggest instant messaging platform with a user base of around 1 billion people across the globe. It has definitely been one of the favorite messaging apps for most of its users. It is always fun chatting, sending pictures or videos to your friends and families on WhatsApp. But have you ever felt like sending any type of file to your friends or colleague instead of just texts, images, and videos?

Well, now you don’t have to face that problem anymore because the most recent WhatsApp update on Android and iOS enables the sending of any file type to other users of the messaging service. Before this update, WhatsApp only supported few file formats for music, documents, images, but since the following update, users will be able to send across any file extension directly on WhatsApp. Now you don’t have to open your email every time you want to send a file because WhatsApp now supports files like PDF, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and text file format.

But one thing to keep in mind is Android users can send files up to 100 Megabytes in size, and iOS users can send files with a size of up to 128 Megabytes. Today I will teach you how can you easily send any files to your friends and families via WhatsApp on both Android and iOS. By the end of this article, you will be able to send any types of files on WhatsApp. Stick with me throughout the article and have a close look at all the steps. First, let’s start with Android.

Android

Sending any types of files via WhatsApp on your Android phone is very easy as it will take you only minutes to do it. Have a look at the following steps.

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Tap on the person or group you want to send the files to.
  3. Tap on the attachment button which is located at the lower corner of the conversation.
  4. Tap on the document icon that will show you all the documents that your device contains.
  5. Tap on Browse other documents
  6. Select a file that you want to share with your contacts and tap on the file to send it. The file will take time to upload depending upon its size.
  7. After it is uploaded a pop up will appear on your screen asking you to cancel or send the file. Tap on send and the file will successfully be received by your contact.

These were the simple steps to send any types of files via WhatsApp on your Android phone. Now let’s move towards iOS.

iOS

On iOS, there are two ways you can send files via WhatsApp. You can share files from WhatsApp itself and from a third-party app that allows sharing files.

Send files from WhatsApp

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on the person or group you want to send the files to.
  3. Tap on the Up Arrow button next to the text box.
  4. Tap on share document
  5. This will bring a Document Picker on your screen which will by default show iCloud Drive. But you can tap the “More” button to add other services, like Dropbox.
  6. Tap on the source where the document you want to share is located
  7. Tap on the file you want to send
  8. After you tap on the file you want to send WhatsApp will now ask you if you really want to share the file in the conversation. Tap on yes and the file upload will start. The app will show a preview of the file in the conversation.

This way you can send files on iPhone via WhatsApp without using any third party.

Send files from third-party apps

On iOS, you can not only send files from the WhatsApp conversation but also from third-party apps like Dropbox, One Drive, iBooks, etc. Let’s have a look at how can you share files from third-party apps.

  1. Open the file you want to send to your contact.
  2. Click on the Up arrow button which you will find on the upper right side of your screen.
  3. Then select the WhatsApp option.
  4. Then select the contact you want to share the file with.
  5. Then a popup will appear on your screen to confirm the sending of the selected file to the receiver.
  6. Click on send and your file will be sent to the receiver.

So this is it. By now you must have clearly understood how you can share any types of files via WhatsApp on both Andriod and iOS. Now you don’t need to open your email account every time to send files and documents as WhatsApp will do it more easily and faster. Hope this guide helped you clear all your questions.

Enjoy sharing files with your friends, families, and colleagues. Let us know if you have any questions or confusion regarding this post in the comment section below. If you also want to create your own custom sticker on WhatsApp then click here.

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