Gadgetren – WhatsApp is a chat application that many people use to exchange messages, send files, or communicate via video calls.
With the chat process carried out in real time, sending files such as photos and videos is one of the causes of the higher usage of mobile phone storage capacity.
Especially when you receive photos and videos, the WhatsApp application will save them automatically so they can be viewed directly in the Gallery without the need to open WhatsApp again. However, the more photos and videos that come in, the more storage capacity will run out quickly.
Fortunately on WhatsApp there is a feature that can turn on and off the automatic download feature for photos, videos, audio, and documents.
How to prevent Whatsapp photos and videos from being automatically saved
- Open the WhatsApp application on the cellphone
- On the main page of the application, select menu More Options the icon three dots at the top right
- Select menu Settings then go to Storage and Data
- Scroll to category Media auto-download which contains options When using mobile data, When connected on Wi-Fi, and When Roaming
- Enter the options one by one
- Remove the checklist on Photos, Audio, Videos, Documents and press the button OK
- When it is finished, it will display the words no media on the three options
For the record, options When using mobile data This means that when your cellphone is connected via a cellular network from a SIM card, photos, videos, audio, and documents will be downloaded automatically.
Temporary When connected on Wi-Fi indicates that the file will be downloaded when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi connection and When Roaming This means that data can still be downloaded when the network is roaming.
After the Media auto-download feature in the three options has been disabled, WhatsApp will no longer automatically download photos or videos directly to the Gallery or mobile storage. In other words, you must first give permission before the data is downloaded.
You could say this feature is very suitable for those of you who use cellphones with small or limited storage capacity.