How To Stop WhatsApp Images From Downloading Automatically: Whatsapp is a wonderful tool used for communication and business. From verified findings, it has been confirmed that Whatsapp is one of the most used social messaging platforms globally.
It’s difficult to see a mobile phone user out there who does not have Whatapp installed in their phone.
Unlike other social networking platforms like, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, youtube, you have people who don’t fancy it for reasons best known to them.
Take for example some celebrities who would state clearly on their Instagram bio telling their followers that they don’t have a facebook or twitter account. This is because of the number of fraud ongoing on these platforms, so some of these celebrities would prefer to just stay away from it.
But Whatsapp is not like this at all. No matter the status or level of individuals, they all have WhatsApp installed on their phone which they use often to communicate with friends, loved ones and do business with their partners.
This shows how much people prefer WhatsApp to other social networking apps.
WhatsApp is a cost-effective app, simple UI, very easy to navigate. Messages and other documents sent are delivered to the proposed destinations in a matter of seconds.
WhatsApp despite being the most preferred social networking app in the glob still has some of its cons which made some users think it sucks.
One of the cons of WhatsApp is the fact that after downloading, installing and registering the app, on default, WhatsApp developers set it to automatically download images sent either in your inbox or in the group chats to your phone gallery.
This is a turn off for most WhatsApp users as they get to have all kinds of images downloaded and saved in their photo gallery without any prior notification.
Do you ever check your photo gallery and end up seeing strange photos and you are left confused about how they got into your phone? Well, don’t be surprised any further. WhatsApp is responsible for such unwanted photos stored in your phone gallery.
This is so because, on default, WhatsApp developers made images to download on its own automatically when using mobile data or Wi-Fi.
In this article, I will be teaching you how to prevent unwanted images from downloading automatically from WhatsApp to your phone gallery.
How To Stop WhatsApp Images From Downloading Automatically
To stop images from downloading on WhatsApp automatically, follow these simple steps below.
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp
Step 2: Tap on the 3 dots at the top right side of your screen.
Step 3: Tap on the Settings tab.
Step 4: Tap on Data and storage usage
Step 5: Scroll down to media auto-download
After you are on step 5, you have 3 options and they include;
- When using mobile data
- When connected to Wi-Fi
- When roaming
When using mobile data
On this option, you are asked if you want photos, audio, videos, and documents to download automatically when using mobile data. Here the only one that is selected by default is “Photos”.
When connected to Wi-Fi
On this option, you are asked if you want photos, audio, videos, and documents to download automatically when using a Wi-Fi network. Here, photos audio, videos and documents are all selected.
On this option, you are asked if you want photos, audio, videos, and documents to download automatically when using roaming. Here, photos audio, videos and documents are not selected.
Step 6: Click on “When using mobile data”
Step 7: Untick “Photos” and that’s all
If you want to stop the auto download, repeat step 6 on “When connected to Wi-Fi”
When you have followed the steps above, you will no longer have unwanted photos or videos downloaded automatically to your phone gallery from WhatsApp.