The most widely used social media app today is no other than WhatsApp which has over one billion daily users. One can barely stay without the app for a single day because it has made connecting with families, friends and love ones very easy hence its popularity as the most widely used social media app of today.
Its sometimes irritating however when this messaging app automatically downloads all media (images, audios and videos) thereby making a mess of your phones gallery as well as consuming your phones mobile data. If you are one such people having this peculiar issue, worry no more as I am going to show you how to disable auto downloads of media by WhatsApp on your devices.
For Android phones:
Android users should open their WhatsApp, go to Settings>Data and storage usage>Media auto download. Now uncheck all the three boxes under the Media auto download- when using mobile data, when connected on Wifi and when roaming.
iPhone users should Open WhatsApp>Settings>Data and storage usage.
Now check the Never box for photos, videos, audio and documents.
Low data usage for WhatsApp calls
The App also has an option to lower the amount of data it uses during voice calls. Open WhatsApp>Settings>Data and storage usage> Low data usage.
Few quick points to save mobile data and phone storage when using the WhatsApp:
Stop auto download of heavy files. Videos are entertaining but uses a lot of space as well as data on your phone. You can always set the auto-download for such videos when on WiFi.
Allow chat back up but only on WiFi. WhatsApp stores all your text chats and images. While this is an important feature as it allows you to retrieve your photos later from Cloud, backing up on mobile data can eat up your mobile data. So try doing it only on WiFi.
It also has an option where you can view your contacts and how much space each is taking. Go to WhatsApp> Storage and data usage>Storage usage.
Now you will see all your recent chats along with the space each is consuming on your phone. Select the chat>Manage messages>Clear messages.
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