WhatsApp photos: How to stop WhatsApp photos being saved on your phone

WhatsApp photos: How to stop WhatsApp photos being saved on your phone

Sharing photos is a novel way of keeping up to date with friends and family during the coronavirus lockdown. However, some people prefer to save space on their phone by preventing WhatsApp automatically downloading images – fortunately, Express.so.uk is here to help.

With more than a billion users, WhatsApp has become the preferred contact app of choice.

One of WhatsApp’s main attractions is how users can send as many media-rich messages as they want for free.

However, one of WhatsApp’s annoyances is how the app automatically downloads and stores every media file received.

For those of us that already struggle with phone storage space, this can be quite frustrating.

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How stop to photos and video downloading on Android:

Preventing WhatsApp automatically downloading ALL media files is slightly different on Android devices.

This is because Android relies on settings involving Wi-Fi and Data, instead of a specific button in the app.

Begin by opening WhatsApp and go to the window where chats are shown.

Then select Settings then click on Data and storage usage.

Next head to Media Auto-Download, where you will encounter three options: When Using Cellular Data, When Connected on Wi-Fi and When Roaming.

Disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options, Images, Audio and Video.

To prevent media files from one chat saving to Android:

If committing to this is too much, it is also possible to switch off media downloads from one chat at a time on Android.

Begin by opening a chat on WhatsApp.

Next tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner, followed by tapping View Contact.

At the bottom, there should be a section called Media visibility and select No.

Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:02:00 +0000