How to Stop WhatsApp from Automatically Downloading Media on Android

WhatsApp has a lot of great features, for example auto media download. The downside is that images, videos and audio files that are sent to you are automatically saved to your Android device.

Here’s how to stop Whatsapp saving images, photos and videos to your Android smartphone. Once done following these simple steps Whatsapp will show you a thumbnail of the image/media you are about to receive, and it give you the option to save or disregard file.

1. Go to your app drawer and open WhatsApp.


2. Then go to the 3 dots on the top right corner to open the menu.


3. Go to Settings.


4. Data Usage.


5. Under media auto-download select “When using mobile data”.


6. Once there you can check/uncheck what you want to download when on mobile network. ( unchecked all of them if needed )


7. You can also configure what to download on WI-FI, just go back to data usage settings and go to When connected on Wi-Fi.


8. Then check/uncheck what you want to download when connected to WI-FI.


That’s it. From now on you’ll be asked whether you want to save a Whatsapp photo, audio or video file to your Android device.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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