Is it good idea to print images received via whatsapp facebook

Is it a good idea to print images received via Whatsapp, Facebook etc?

“Do WhatsApp those pictures we clicked” or “I’ll be uploading these images on Facebook anyways save them from there” do these dialogues sound familiar? Let me re-phrase, how many times have you uttered them while asking for photos clicked on a friends phone? It has become a norm to send and receive images via numerous messaging apps like Whatsapp, Hike, Line et cetera or even social networking websites.

More often than not in our hurried hastes or due to plain indolence we’ve got used to sending pictures over something that is handy, convenient and requires minimum efforts even in terms of touchscreen swipes! Images or photographs received via a messenger app employing even the most decent data plan are moderately compressed and of noticeably lower quality. In hindsight, this is a neat feature considering mobile data plans are sometimes very limited.

Various social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are also known to degrade the overall quality of directly uploaded images. It is still acceptable if you wish to just have a look-see, but giving them for printing? Not a good idea at all. These are mostly pixelated due to compression and won’t look good on paper where details are of the essence.

An image with readable text in it will appear obscured and blurred once received through messenger apps or social networking websites. The blurred text is not the only problem, even wide angle pictures with some details look horrendous and butchered. If you are planning on getting an album, custom mobile cover, canvas or practically anything printed we suggest you avoid images received via these channels. Importantly, do not send them to your printer through them.

What should you do?

There are few sure shot methods of sending full resolution and un-tampered images to your printer. Just email them as attachments either directly from your phone or transferring them first to your PC (using USB cable cord). The likelihood of image distortion is almost negligible this way. Alternately, you could also keep your devices in sync mode to back up images or documents on cloud and then share them! By now we all have got used to getting compressed images, but remember if something is important enough to be printed, do not cut corners and make a shoddy job of it.

However, if you are still unsure, call or contact the experts at or walk into any of our stores today.

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