The recently introduced Load 4K option on Twitter for iPhone is a godsend for photographers. The feature offers the ability to view and save photos in 4K resolution on the iPhone. This allows shutterbugs and artists to showcase their work on social media in the best possible quality.

The only setback is that you cannot upload 4K photos to Twitter from iPhone, iPad, or an Android phone. You rather have to upload high-res photos from Twitter for Web using a computer to enable the 4K option. In case you try uploading a 4K image via the Twitter app, Twitter will restrict its maximum resolution to 2048 x 2048 pixels.

This is a stupid limitation especially when one can capture great photos and edit RAW stills with their smartphone. Moreover, exporting photos to a desktop or laptop just to share them in 4K on Twitter is certainly cumbersome.

Worry not! I’ve figured out an easy workaround to share high-resolution or 4K photos directly from a mobile device. This way you can upload high-quality photos to Twitter while retaining their original quality.

NOTE: Twitter limits the max resolution to 4096 x 4096 pixels for a square photo. That said, you can still avoid image compression on Twitter by posting the photos in full-size.

Without further ado, let’s see how it can be done.

How to upload 4K resolution photos to Twitter from a smartphone

On iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Safari and visit twitter.com.
  2. Tap the AA icon in the address bar to open the menu. Then tap “Request Desktop Website”. request desktop website in safari on iphone
  3. Now tap the tweet button, then tap photo icon and select ‘Photo Library’. Go to Recents or a particular album. You can also tap Browse to select media from your iCloud Drive or On My iPhone via Files app. select photo in twitter web app on iphone photo directory in ios
  4. Select the photos you want to upload. You can also select multiple photos at once. how to upload 4k photos to twitter on iphone
  5. By default, the ‘Actual Size’ option is selected and it also shows the file size of the photo(s). Optionally, you can tap on “Choose Image Size” to change the image size. change upload image size in twitter on iphone
  6. Tap Done at the top-right and post the Tweet.

That’s it. Your photos will be uploaded in the highest resolution. Press and hold a photo and look for the ‘Load 4K’ option in the iOS share sheet to confirm the same.

TIP: Use the Metapho app to easily check photo resolution on iPhone running iOS 13.

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View photo resolution on iPhone

Using Chrome for iOS

If you use Chrome then visit twitter.com and tap the 3-horizontal dots at the bottom right. Scroll down and tap the “Request Desktop Site” option. Then just follow the above steps, starting from step #4.

ALSO READ: How to download high resolution images from Twitter

On Android

  1. Open Chrome and visit twitter.com.
  2. Tap the Compose Tweet button and then tap the add photo icon. Allow Chrome to access your device storage if asked.
  3. Choose “Files” and tap the menu button at the top left. choose files on android
  4. Scroll down and select “Gallery”. Then choose the pictures either from your camera roll or some other photo album. android file manager choose pictures to upload on twitter
  5. Post the tweet as usual.

TIP: Add the Twitter web app from Safari or Chrome to the home screen for quicker access.

Also, note that tweets made via Twitter’s desktop site from mobile will appear as uploaded from “Twitter Web App”.

tweet made from twitter web app

An unknown fact – Do you that you can download 4K photos from Twitter on Android as well? The only difference is that the Android app loads the original image by default. It seems Twitter is using 4K as a marketing term to gratify the iPhone users.