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    Whatsapp: disable automatic photo / image download

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    Lluis Enric Mayans
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    Did you know it is possible prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading photos / images (thus avoiding to unnecessarily use up the internal memory of your phone).


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    How to prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading photos / images

    This tutorial tells you how.

    • Open WhatsApp.
    • Go to "Settings" and "Use data and storage".
    • Now you are in the “Automatic Media Download” section, there are three options available. 
    • When using the mobile network, when connected to WiFi and when roaming.
    • As for us, tap on "When you use the mobile network", uncheck the box next to "Photos".
    • then go to “When connected via Wifi”, then uncheck the box next to “Photos”.
    • Then, tap "When Roaming" and uncheck the box next to "Photos".
    • Finally, press “OK” to confirm.

    Note: You can also uncheck the boxes you want, such as "Videos", "Audio" and "Documents" to prevent multimedia content from being downloaded to your phone.




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    After changing these settings, no photos will be automatically saved in your phone's internal memory.

    To save a photo of your choice to your device, you'll need to tap the download icon in the middle of the image when you receive it.


    Further Reading:

    • How to hide photos and videos on Whatsapp
    • How to delete WhatsApp videos and photos to free up space on your mobile
    • How to remove WhatsApp photos from Google Photos
    • WhatsApp Web Won't Download Files, 7 Ways To Fix
    • How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages and photos from iPhone
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