How to Stop WhatsApp from Auto-Downloading Media


I get to hear it very often from friends or people that I interact with, that they are fed up of cleaning their phone storage every now and then as it tends to get full very quickly with flooding in a good amount of media every day on Whatsapp.


You can receive media in any form on WhatsApp, whether it is a video, photos or a pdf. But every media has 1 thing in common that it takes space to settle in on your phone.


Also Read – 5 Ways to Dump the Junk Out of Your Facebook News Feed.


If you are tired of cleaning your phone frequently, you can change your WhatsApp settings to stop all the media from auto-downloading. To change your settings follow step by step instructions I shared below:


Step 1.  Tap on triple-dot-icon in the top right corner.

Step 2. Tap on Settings.

Step 3. Tap on Data and storage usage.

Step 4. There you will see 3 options under Media auto-download which are “When using mobile data”, “When connected on wi-fi” & “When roaming”.

Uncheck everything under all 3 options and set them all to no media.


Step 5. Enjoy the freedom of downloading the media received from friends or family that you find relevant and wish to download.  🙂


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