If you've ever used Facebook Messenger to send photos, chances are you've noticed they're not exactly the best looking when ran through the service. Until today, Facebook was using what they refer to as 2K resolution but now they've started rolling out 4K resolution support on Android (and iPhone) to people in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea with other markets to follow in the coming weeks.

We're making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger. That's why today, we're excited to share that people can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution — or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image — the highest quality many smartphones support. We heard that people want to send and receive high-resolution photos in Messenger — and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month — we're making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever.

In order to take advantage of the new, higher resolution photo sending, you'll need to update your Messenger app to the latest version available. Once updated, you can just send a photo as per normal, and you should see improvements in the quality. To help highlight the differences between 2K and 4K, Facebook has provided several sample shots on their blog but of course, testing it out for yourself would be the best way to see the advantages.

Download Facebook Messenger for Android