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Prevent WhatsApp from Downloading Received Photos on Your Device


WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging app at the moment, being used by more than a billion people in the entire world. A relevant example of its popularity is the fact that it’s the first app people in India download whenever they get a new phone.

Despite being so popular, there are some things that users dislike. One of them is the fact that the app automatically downloads media files to the phone, such as videos, pictures and GIFs. Thankfully, there is a way of stopping this feature.

Step by Step Guide to Stopping the App from Downloading Media Files

  1. Open the app and go to the main window where you see all the chats.
  2. Tap on the three vertical dots menu found on the top right of the screen and go to Settings.
  3. Choose the Chat settings option and go to Media auto-download. There are three options you will see there: When using cellular data, When roaming and When connected to Wi-Fi. If you want the app not to download the media files at all, then you have to go to each one of the options and disable the auto-download function. Moreover, pay attention! You have to select all three options: Images, Audio and Video. Of course, if you don’t want all of them to stop downloading, then you should only check the option you wish.

However, keep in mind that if you want to see the photos you receive on WhatsApp, the app will have to download them. When it does, you will be able to access them in a special folder on your device. The bad thing about it is that the folder can be accessed by anyone who opens the phone and goes to the Gallery app.