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WhatsApp lets you send files larger than 16MB limit as well, here's how it works

The trick to sending large files on WhatsApp lies in uploading these files on Google Drive and then sharing that link with the receiver on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp allows users to share files that are up to 100MB in size.
WhatsApp allows users to share files that are up to 100MB in size. (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. It is easy to use. It is loaded with features that enable users to share creative messages with their friends and family. And best of all, it allows users to share media files and documents, including PDF files and Excel sheets, with other users.

But even this feature has some limitations.

WhatsApp allows users to share files that are up to 100MB in size. For videos recorded using WhatsApp, this limit is 16MB. If a user tries to send a file that is bigger than this limit, the Facebook-owned messaging app will show an error message to the user. But thankfully there is a workaround that enables users to share files that are much larger than 100MB using WhatsApp. Enter: Google Drive.

The trick to sending large files on WhatsApp lies in uploading these files on Google Drive and then sharing that link with the receiver on WhatsApp.

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Here’s a step-by-step account of how users can share large files using WhatsApp:

Step 1: Open Google Drive.

Step 2: Tap on the Plus icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Tap on Upload File > Tap on the Open option.

Step 4: Once the file has been uploaded you will see the file on the top in the Google Drive app.

Step 5: Tap on the three dots on the top right corner of the file.

Step 6: Tap on Copy Link option. Doing so will save a copy of the file’s shareable link on your phone’s Clipboard.

Step 7: Open WhatsApp > tap on the name of the contact with whom you want to share the link.

Step 8: Long press and then tap on the Paste option.

Step 9: You will see a shareable link of the Google Drive file in the message box. Tap on Send!