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How to stop WhatsApp from eating storage

27-04-201927-04-2019 13:33:26 IST
2019-04-27T08:03:26.462Z27-04-2019 2019-04-27T08:03:21.599Z - - 20-10-2019

How to stop WhatsApp from eating storage

WhatsApp is one of the most commonly used apps for a smartphone user today. 

The instant messaging platform has turned into a go-to platform as one can not only send messages but also contacts, locations, documents, and photos as well as videos could be sent. However, by sending this way, these things occupy a lot of space in the smartphone, in which the instant messaging app is being used. If you don't have the habit of cleaning the junk, it would be a problem.

As per the default setting, WhatsApp automatically downloads any video or photo that received by the user on chats and groups. However, it one could disable it, to put a check on the smartphone storage use. Follow these steps: 

For Android; open WhatsApp, tap on three dot option on the right top corner, go to settings, tap on chats, look for media visibility, toggle it off. However, if you wish to keep this setting only for selective chat, the follow the steps

Open the chat, tap on the three-dot option on the top right corner, Tap on view contact, Tap on media visibility, The app will then prompt you with '"show newly downloaded media from this chat in your phone's gallery?"

Choose No

if you do this, WhatsApp will stop automatic downloading of media to your storage of smartphone. 

For iPhone

Open WhatsApp

Tap on the settings option on the button right corner

Tap on chats

look for saving to camera roll

Toggle it off

One can manage the future preferences of downloading media on the iPhone by following steps

Open WhatsApp

Tap on the settings option on the bottom right corner

Go to Data and storage usage

Choose when WhatsApp will automatically download photos, audio, videos, and documents.

Tap on each type of media, and choose never Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and Cellular

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