3 March, 2016, USA: Whatsapp, mobile messaging service owned by Facebook, now adds document sharing facility in its armoury. This new feature allows the user to share their document quiet easily with the help of the messaging app.
Sending document through whatsapp requires few clicks. User needs to first tab on the attachment tab in any of the chat, after that, he will get a drop down with an option called ‘Document’. By clicking on ‘Document’ option, user can upload his document from iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and others to Whatsapp. To make room for the option on the pop-up window, WhatsApp has compressed ‘Photo’ and ‘Video’ sharing options into one “Camera” option instead. Unfortunately, sharing document feature only support PDF files.
In some cases, WhatsApp won’t even display the other file types that are present on the cloud storage service that users pick, so as to limit user confusion. Both the users need to have updated version of the messenger then only they can opt for document sharing feature. If the receiver hasn’t got the updated version, sender will receive a pop-up window, notifying the sender that receiver needs to update his whatsapp version. In cases when both sender and the receiver have the feature installed, the receiver sees a full preview of the PDF being shared, along with details like the size, type etc.