Facebook Messenger now allows you to send higher resolution photos

Facebook Messenger 4K update lets you share much better-looking photos

We're making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger. Needless to say, with the ability to support 4K resolution photos, Messenger will become more engaging for users.

The news of this 4K photo sharing feature comes just weeks after Facebook Messenger announced it is launching a new payment service in the United Kingdom that allows users to send money to one another via the popular app. Take a look at the before and after of this photo a beach in Sydney.

Though the difference may be hard to discern on a smartphone display, open that photo on a laptop and you'll easily be able to pick out the difference in sharpness. That's what we mean by bringing your conversations to life.

Or in a park in London.

To send and share photos at 4K resolution, you will have to update your Messenger app to make sure you have the latest version.

We know that every message matters to you, no matter how or what you're sharing.

Starting today, Messenger is rolling out 4K resolution on both iPhone and Android to users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. You can use Messenger to play games, check your PayPal balance, send money to friends, and plenty more.

Images sent and received through Facebook Messenger will now have a max resolution of 4096 x 4096 px - barely a step down from the average smartphone camera picture, and a big step up from Facebook's previous max resolution of 2K - ensuring the receiver sees newly sent images sharper and richer than before with improved, toned down compression. Other countries will be added to the rollout in the coming weeks. Two images of the same subjects have been captured, but only one them is captured in 4K resolution.

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