It’s no surprise WhatsApp is one of the most popular applications that helps you send text messages, photos, audios, videos, and GIFs. It is a cross-platform mobile messaging app used by over 1.2Bn people globally and around 200Mn monthly active users in India alone. However, it becomes an annoyance too when it automatically downloads all media files on your phone which not only clutter your phone’s gallery but also takes up a lot of data and storage. Moreover, you may be bothered about losing your privacy because anyone can access your photos and videos through your phone’s gallery. So, let’s have a look at how to stop WhatsApp from auto downloading and saving media on Android and iPhone.
Stop WhatsApp from Auto Downloading and Saving Media on Android
WhatsApp for Android offers an option to automatically prevent downloading of photos and videos. Here’s how to stop it.
- Launch WhatsApp on your phone
- Navigate to the main window where all your chats are displayed
- Tap on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the app’s screen
- Go to Settings > Media auto-download
- You’ll see the three familiar options under Media auto-download: When using mobile data, When connected on WiFi, and When roaming
- Tap on each of these options and disable auto downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video
It’s quite easy to disable the auto-downloading feature in WhatsApp. Due to this feature, your phone is using the Internet data and you have to recharge Internet packs frequently. Isn’t it?
Follow the steps mentioned below to stop the media from being displayed in your phone’s gallery using a third-party app called QuickPic.
- Download and install QuickPic on your phone
- After installing, launch the app and navigate to the WhatsApp media folder. Please note that the location of the WhatsApp folder varies across devices
- Go to the Internal Storage > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images. Similarly, you can check your WhatsApp audios by going to WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Audio, and for videos, follow this path – WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Videos
- Select the WhatsApp Images folder
- Tap on the three dots icon at the top- right side of the app’s screen and then select the Hide option
- This will ensure that the Gallery app does not show media stuff. You can still view these images and videos in WhatsApp and through any app that helps you view hidden folders
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Stop WhatsApp from Auto Downloading and Saving Media on iPhone
If you’ve been using WhatsApp on your iPhone, you know that it saves auto-downloaded photos, videos, and other media to your camera roll that can turn out to be messy. However, it is a pretty simple process to stop WhatsApp from auto downloading and saving media to your iPhone camera roll using the Settings menu. Read on to know how to do so.
- Open WhatsApp on iPhone and tap on the Settings button in the bottom-right corner of the app’s screen. It looks like a small cogwheel
- Go to the Data and Storage Usage section
- Under this menu, you’ll see the Media Auto-Download option
- For photos, videos, audios, and documents, select the Never option
Now only the files you choose to download manually will appear on your phone and you can also choose to stop the photos and videos from appearing in your phone’s Camera Roll. All you need to do is to go to Chats in the Settings menu and open the Save to Camera Roll menu and turn it off. This stops the photos that people are sending from showing up the Camera roll and taking over your synced Photo Stream.
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