WhatsApp auto-download feature can consume a good of cellular data and device storage if you receive a lot of media files in WhatsApp chats. Here’s how you can disable auto downloads in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most preferred instant messaging app in the world and while there are more than a billion WhatsApp users globally, the Facebook-owned app also has a plethora of useful features which make the overall user experience better in every sense. However, as we are connecting with more and more people through WhatsApp, the one problem that a majority of users are facing is related to their device storage and cellular data.
You might be one of those users who get a lot of messages in their WhatsApp chats most of them being media files such as images, videos, recordings and more. Since all of this is downloaded in your smartphone, these media files from WhatsApp take up a lot of space in the device’s internal storage. Moreover, these files also consume a lot of cellular data since WhatsApp auto-downloads all these files.
For the unknown, WhatsApp default settings are set to auto-downloads of media files and if you are looking to save on some cellular data as well as your smartphone’s storage, here is a WhatsApp tip you need to know. You can disable WhatsApp auto-downloads on your smartphones, be it an Android or an iOS device, and here is how you can do it.
How to turn off WhatsApp auto-downloads and save mobile data as well as storage on iOS
Open the WhatsApp app on your smartphone. Tap on the Settings icon situated at the bottom right corner. Select ‘Data and Storage Usage’ option. Set photos, audio, videos and documents downloads to “never”. You will now need to manually download all the media files in WhatsApp Chats.
How to turn off WhatsApp auto-downloads and save mobile data as well as storage on Android
Open the WhatsApp app on your smartphone. Tap on the Settings icon represented by three dots situated in the top right-hand corner. Go to ‘Media Auto-Download’ option. Disable auto-downloads for images, video and audio files. You will now need to manually download all the media files in WhatsApp Chats.