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WhatsApp is currently testing the ability to share media files of up to 2GB in size with some users in Argentina. Now, a new feature is under testing. This will also help users determine how long a large file will take to send between two devices.

The Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) feature is in beta testing for Android, iOS, and web versions. Whatsapp beta shows the ETA when sharing files, so you will know when the document is ready to open.

As per the reports by WABetaInfo, the messaging app is rolling out the file-sharing feature on Android beta version 2.22.8.11, iOS 22.8.0.74, and desktop 2.2209.3.

WhatsApp is testing a new Estimated Time of Arrival

The ETA file sharing feature shows the same information that is seen while uploading a document. It shows the estimated time of arrival of the document.

The latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS, Android, and Desktop brings the ability to view the estimated time of arrival when sharing files, which is particularly useful for larger files that can take longer than a few seconds to go across.

Do remember, that the feature is not yet available for all beta testers. The feature is currently seen in the WhatsApp beta version 2.22.8.11 on Android, version 22.8.0.74 on iOS, and version 2.2209.3 on Desktop. So even if you are a beta user you might not be able to see the feature. As the feature for Whatsapp beta for Android and iOS is released this week, so gradually all beta users will get it.

According to the report, the large file comes with some text on the bottom that users can see while it is being uploaded. This text reveals the percentage that has been uploaded as well as the estimated time left for a complete upload.

This new ability is going to be very handy once the ability to send larger files of up to 2GB size is available to more people. However, note that it may take a while for both features to come to the stable version of the app.

Normally, Whatsapp users can share files up to 16MB. So, the company is trying to increase the limit up to 2GB which is a very useful feature.

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