How to send any document through WhatsApp on Android
While a new WhatsApp update will allow you to upload files from cloud storage services, the only document format supported by the app is still PDF. This can be very frustrating, especially when we consider this to be the most widely used chat app in the world. The good news is that this can easily be circumvented by anyone with a rooted Android.
Of course, we have already mentioned reasons to root or stay away from it, but again we emphasize that the procedure should be avoided if you are not very knowledgeable about the operating system. Because root makes Android even more open, you can directly whack WhatsApp files so that any file format can be uploaded. If you have a rooted device and want to know how to do this, just check out our tips below.
How to send documents through WhatsApp
As we said above, you must have a rooted Android smartphone to do this. As it changes certain WhatsApp files, we suggest that you do everything calmly and be aware that there are always risks in such cases.
Well, for starters, open your Android file manager (if you don't have one, check out some of the best in this list) and look for the “data” folder. Inside it, look for another folder named "data" as well and select the "com.whatsapp" folder.
Here you will find and click on the “shared_prefs” folder to proceed.
You should see some miscellaneous files in this folder, but you will need to search and open “com.whatsapp_preferences.xml”. It can be opened with any note editor on your smartphone, something most file managers already bring natively. If you need to, just install a file manager, something you can check the list through the link.
With the file open, look for the "pdf" line of code at the very end. So you just need to change it so that it looks like this: "pdf, doc, docx, xls, txt, pptx". You can check the image below for a better reference.
As you may have noticed, you have added various document formats to the WhatsApp code, which will enable you to upload these types of files. With that done, save the document and can exit the file manager.
Finally, go to your Android settings, click "Apps" and look for "WhatsApp" in the list that appears.
Then, just click "Force Stop" to complete the process. After that, you will be able to use WhatsApp normally, with the advantage of uploading files of the format you included in the code. Of course, the app is still a bit limited, but it's a solution until the developers officially resolve the issue.
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