WhatsApp testing sharing of all file types on Android, iOS and Windows: Report

WhatsApp has started rolling out this feature and it might be experimenting for some users only, at the moment the rollout is very slow. If the feature is enabled for a user then they will be able to share all file types but the maximum file size will still be the same as existing.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 5:54:38 pm
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WhatsApp could soon add support for sharing all kinds of files on the app, across platforms. According to reports, the feature will be rolled out on Android, iOS and even Windows Phone version of WhatsApp. WinBeta reported this upcoming feature, and according to the report, WhatsApp has started rolling out this feature for some users already. However, for now it is not clear if the feature will be rolled out to all users, or whether it will be made available in the beta version of the WhatsApp for further testing.

WinBeta notes once the feature is enabled for a user then they will be able to share all file types on the platform, but adds that the maximum file size will still be 128MB for iOS and 100MB for Android. Reportedly, the file sharing option is also available for WhatsApp Web, but the file sharing limit is set at a maximum of 64MB.

You can currently share file types including csv, doc, docx, pdf, ppt, pptx, rtf, txt, xls, xlsx and similar. WhatsApp had introduced Document sharing a little over a year ago. During the time of writing this article, we didn’t see any update being pushed to us on either Android or iOS. Essentially WhatsApp might soon let users share MP3 files, APK files etc.

It’s possible that limited file sharing size is only for a testing period, and it might change when WhatsApp finally rolls out the public update. The Facebook-owned company is also expected to out a new feature that will let you to recall messages after they’ve been sent. As reported by WABetaInfo earlier this month, this Recall feature will be remotely enabled in 2.17.30+ of the app, and is only in testing as of now.

Meanwhile in another WhatsApp related development, which is specifically related to India, the company is reportedly in talks with SBI bank to add bank-to-bank transfers via UPI (Unified Payments Interface). A report in Economic Times also claimed, WhatsApp is in talks with  National Payments Corporation of India for this feature. WhatsApp in a comment to Indianexpress.com did not give confirm such a move, but only said the company is exploring ways to contribute more to the Digital India initiative.

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