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Meta says it will fix the way “HD” photos can be shared in Facebook Messenger

Facebook made it possible for Messenger users to share 4K photos in 2017. Meta has now said that users will be able to share HD photos in the app. Not sure? We were too, so we asked what was going on. In this case, “HD” means “4K,” and now “4K photos are… more 4K?”

One email from the Facebook Messenger communications team, Liz Sweeney, made it clear that 4K (actually 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per inch) photos shared were less clear in the past, and how they looked “depended on the network conditions of both the sender and receiver.” Now, Sweeney says they won’t be compressed as much, and there will be a new “HD” button that lets people share in 4K. Photos will be shared in 2K if you don’t press the button.

Messenger also lets people send up to 100 MB of files to each other. That’s more than the old limit of 25MB. Sharing videos should be easier now that they won’t have to be broken up into smaller pieces before being sent. One minute of video I just shot on my iPhone at 1080p and 60fps in SDR takes up about 170MB.

The company also says it’s adding a new album-sharing feature that will let users make shared albums of photos and videos for group chats. This way, people can use group chats to collect pictures from things like group trips. Here’s how to make an album in a group chat and give it a name:

  • Select multiple photos from your chat composer
  • Tap Create album (you can also long press a photo in the chat and tap Create album)
  • To add to an existing album, tap Add to album

To rename the album: 

  • Tap Album 
  • Tap the three-dot menu
  • Tap Edit Name
  • Confirm new album name

Meta writes that anyone in the group can change the album, which means they can add or remove pictures. People in the group can also download things from the album. It will be “rolling out over the coming weeks,” so if you don’t have it yet, you may have to wait longer.

Lastly, the business put out QR codes and links that let people connect with each other. So, if you don’t want to add someone’s phone number to your contacts list while you’re out and about,. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until someone asks me for my Facebook Messenger QR code. I’m joking; I have a child. After 7 , I don’t go anywhere.

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