Zip your important PDF documents back and forth alongside the flamenco emoji
The last several hours have seen WhatsApp (Android, iOS) users the world over receiving a long-awaited update that finally enables document sharing directly through the ubiquitous messenger app. If you don’t have it yet, hang tight – reports are coming in fast and furious of the update spreading across users’ phones like wildfire.
The update is reported to universally work great, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Sending a document in your chat is similar to sending an image or a location (which we’ve been doing for what seems like years and years now). On Android, just tap the attachment button, then choose the brand new Document icon. On iOS devices, hit that upwards arrow, then select “Share Document” from the list.
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The next screen you’ll see will indicate a full list of all the PDF files WhatsApp detects on your phone; you can also poke around your iCloud if you’re an iOS user. For now, the document sharing feature is restricted to PDF files, but we can safely assume this will expand over time to support more file formats.
Once a document is attached, you’ll see a neat little visual preview of the file, plus the number of pages, the size, and the file format. The new Documents will show up alongside the Images and newly added Links sections in the media history of each page – and they’re searchable, too. Shared docs will be stored in the WhatsApp folder of your device, under Media/WhatsApp Documents.
One last nifty feature: you can toggle automatic downloading of documents depending on what kind of connection your device has to wi-fi, data, or roaming.
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