Here's How To Stop WhatsApp From Auto-Downloading Images And Videos To Your Phone

The app is great and all, but that auto-download feature needs to go.

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you're using WhatsApp

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The Facebook-owned messaging app is one of the most downloaded and used apps in the world. WhatsApp told Fortune last year that it had one billion users worldwide, with one million new users pouring into the app every day. 

While the app provides convenience and connectivity, it has some annoying downsides; one of which is the default setting to download every image and video to your smartphone

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There might be times when you need images or videos to be exchanged through the app, but on most occasions, spam messages can be really annoying.

Apart from choking your mobile storage, these random WhatsApp forwarded multimedia files can drain your mobile data and even battery.

What's even worse is when you're in a WhatsApp group consisting of people who can't stop forwarding photos and videos.

Thankfully, there's a way to disable auto-downloads on the app

If you have an Android smartphone, launch WhatsApp, and tap on the three dots on the right top corner. Go to Settings -> Data usage.

Now, you will find different options under Media auto-download section. You can set different options for each one of them separately. For now, let's go with "When connected on Wi-Fi".

Uncheck all the options - Images, Audio, and Video by tapping on them if they are checked already. Tap on OK to save the changes.

Similarly, you can prevent auto-saving when connected to mobile data as well.

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You can disable the feature on the iPhone too

Open up WhatsApp and head to Settings. Next, tap on Data and Storage Usage. Under Media Auto-Download, you will be able to set the preferences for the different type of media files. 

To stop the auto-download, just tap on Never. 

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