Facebook Messenger will now send your photos in 4K

Alfred Osborne
November 22, 2017

Facebook says that people can now send and receive photos in 4K resolution (4,096×4,096).

As of right now, you can send photos to friends in glorious 4K resolution through the social network's Messenger app, and, if you're a U.S. resident, just in time to share photos of your Thanksgiving dinner to your cousin overseas with hardly a calorie unaccounted for.

The equivalent photo size of a 4K image is around 16MP at a 1:1 aspect ratio, but if you want to get into other aspect ratios it obviously gets a bit messy. Now you can send pictures "up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image", one of, if not the highest resolutions smartphones currently support. Being able to swap these high-res images directly is especially important as people gravitate away from the main Facebook product; low-res Messenger exchanges meant having to use a third-party option like Drive or Dropbox.

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The change is rolling out to Messenger now, though you may have to look closely at your smartphone screen to notice it.

As long as you've updated your app, then you'll automatically send your high-resolution photos to your friends when you pick them out of your camera roll. Here's an example, provided by Messenger, of the difference 4k resolution makes. The support is available on both iPhone and Android to users in the US, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

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