Five alternatives to WhatsApp to send large videos in high quality

WhatsApp makes clear some of its limits in the “frequently asked questions” of its website. For example, the company recognizes that to send through its app a video that is on the mobile reel, without losing quality, should not weigh more than 16 Mb. In most cases, that maximum corresponds to content between 90 seconds and three minutes, although the duration depends on the quality of the camera that recorded it.

So what happens if the user decides to share with their contacts a video of more than 16 Mb? On these occasions, WhatsApp gives the option to crop the content before starting the send and if you still prefer to transfer the entire video, the application will compress it to reach the receiver, which results in a drop in image quality. For example, in our tests with Android devices we have shared through WhatsApp a video of more than 200 Mb (with a duration of four minutes and five seconds) that with that reduction in quality has reached its compressed destination at about 40 Mb. And all after a process of almost six minutes with a wifi connection.

Thus, all those who for some reason want to share this type of content from mobile without giving up its quality, and in a quick way, can resort to these other alternatives.

WeTransfer

The popular file transfer portal has free mobile apps for iOS and Android devices with which it is possible to share videos up to 10 Gb, that is, a limit considerably higher than 2 GB that allows you to send the free web version at once. The operation is exactly the same as that of the portal: you select the content you want to share and enter an email address so that the recipient receives a link, operational for a week, from where that file can be downloaded.

Send Anywhere

This app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle allows you to share videos of any size in various ways. The first one is very similar to WeTransfer, so that the file is temporarily uploaded to a server and the receiver receives a link from where you can download it within a maximum period of 48 hours.

But if the two people have Send Anywhere installed, it is sufficient for the sender to select what they want to share and a six-digit code will be generated that must be provided to the receiver to enter it in the “Receive” menu of the app within ten minutes and the transmission will start automatically. The shipment can also be done if during those same ten minutes the receiver scans with his mobile a QR code that appears on the emitter screen, just below the six-digit key.

In addition, if the file is to be shared with nearby terminals or with those to which something has already been sent before, the issuer also has the option “To device” available, where you will see a list with those mobiles and tablets and you will have to choose the one to which you wants to get the video. In this case, the receiver should not enter the six-digit key or download the video from a link, but receives a notification that it must accept a receipt within 48 hours (after that time, the video will be deleted from the servers , even if the transmission has not occurred).

On Android devices, these exchanges are possible even without an Internet connection, via the Wi-Fi Direct protocol. As if that were not enough, for this same operating system, Send Anywhere has another option that is currently in beta: share via a code in the form of ultrasound. For both this new mode and Wi-Fi Direct, Android devices must be at a maximum distance of about four meters in order for the transmission to work properly.

Sunshine

With this alternative it is possible to share videos up to 100 GB between devices, as long as sender and receiver have it installed, since SunShine is not a service that uses the cloud to save files that can then be downloaded via a link. For this same reason, to make the shipment it is necessary that the two parties involved are connected at that time.

But the main differential element of this proposal is that the receiver can start playing the video they are sending to it without the transfer being completed, just as streaming images are displayed. The issuer can do this from his mobile up to three users simultaneously (in the case of SunShine being used from a computer, with its corresponding version, this limit goes up to 10 users). Once the submission is complete, the recipient decides whether or not to save that content to their device.

It’s available for iOS and Android.

Xender

Xender is an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone capable of quickly transferring a large video between devices that are at a close distance, because it is based on the configuration of wifi access points. Thanks to this system, the issuer has the possibility to create groups of users within that wireless network and send files to a maximum of four people at the same time.

Its managers ensure that the transfer speed is up to 200 times faster than the use of Bluetooth, another wireless standard that can also be used to send videos with Xender.

In addition, this application allows the use of gestures (such as shaking the mobile or swiping images on the screen with your finger) to start sharing files between devices and allows you to pause the transfer at a certain time in order to resume it in the same point when the user decides.

Pibox

Launched in 2016, Pibox is another mobile application that can be used to send large videos without losing quality. However, it is not something you do by default, but the user must make sure that they have the “HD mode” option enabled so that their file is not edified.

Of all the ones described in this article, it is the one that most closely resembles Whats App because it is presented as an instant messaging app that also offers for free a virtual hard disk to store up to 1 Terra of information in the cloud.

At the moment it is only available for Android,but on the Pi-box website a button in the App Store is included where contact details can be left in order to receive a warning when the iOS version is released.

Updated: April 6, 2020 — 8:15 am