The ever-popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp that just passed its 7 birthday last week Friday has added document support to both its Android and iOS versions of the application.
The Facebook-owned mobile application recently announced it will be bringing new features that certain version of their app and certain mobile versions of the app will find it hard to keep up and hence they will be removing support come end of the year, looks to be releasing some of those features already.
For now, users that have the latest version of Android (v2.12.489) and iOS (v2.12.14) are able to share PDF files between each other, so long as both parties have updated versions.
Tests that we have done over Android, where both users were on updated versions managed to both send and receive PDF files.
The Android version of WhatsApp v2.12.453, that is currently in Google Play also brings with it over 100 new emojis, Google Drive Backup for chats and media, support for 5 new languages, and is now is compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow permissions.
As I am an Android user, the method explained below of how you too can start to sending documents is from that perspective, I believe that iPhone users will not find it any different:
- Download the latest version of WhatsApp from either the Google Play Store or from WhatsApp’s website.
- Make sure the person who you are sending the document to also has the latest version.
- If you are trying to share the document to a group, currently, all members of that group need to have the latest version.
- In your chat with the person, click on the clip (money clip) that is in the top right-hand corner of the app.
- Select ‘Document’. The app will then show you all the PDF documents that you are able to share.
- Attach the document that you want to send. A file limit of 100MB applies. So if the document is bigger than 100MB you will not be able to send it through WhatsApp.
- To receive a PDF document there is nothing that you need to do, save for having the latest version and an internet connection with data to download the file.
That’s it. A lot similar to how to send a photo or video and if you know how to send the former then you are well on your way.
Remember, in order for you to start enjoying this service ANYONE you want to send a document needs to be updated. Consider sharing this article so that they can be aware – WhatsApp (mobile only), Twitter or Facebook