How To Stop WhatsApp From Using Up Your Phone Storage

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms. At this point, the Facebook-owned app has become a necessary communication tool. However, it ends up storing a lot of data on your smartphone. Read more to find How To Stop WhatsApp From Using Up Your Phone Storage

How To Stop WhatsApp From Using Up Your Phone Storage

Most WhatsApp accounts are bombarded with numerous messages every day. This includes a lot of media files (images, GIFs, videos, etc) which are stored on your smartphone.

Since the app automatically stores the messages in the background, users end up losing a lot of storage space. If not cleaned regularly, the smartphone performance might be affected. Let us prevent WhatsApp from eating your device’s storage space:

Also read: WhatsApp Group Video And Voice Calling Features Available On Android Beta

How To Stop WhatsApp From Using Up Your Phone Storage On Android Smartphone

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Tap on the three dots on the top right corner of the app
  • Now tap on Settings option
  • Select Chats option
  • Next, toggle the Media Visibility option
  • That’s it

Also read: How To Mute WhatsApp Notifications Without Opening The App

Alternatively, if you don’t want to manually download images/ videos every time, you can prevent particular individuals or groups from spamming your media gallery.

  • Open the chat window of the individual or group you want to change
  • Tap on the contact
  • Go to Media Visibility option
  • When prompted by WhatsApp if you want the newly downloaded media, tap on No
  • That’s it

How To Stop WhatsApp From Using Up Your Phone Storage On iPhone

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Tap on the Settings option
  • Now tap on Data and Storage Usage option
  • Next, choose which type of media file you want to allow to be downloaded on your smartphone – Photos, Audio, Video files, and documents
  • You can also restrict the downloading to happen only when your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • To save memory specs choose the Never option
  • That’s it

Also read: How To Hide WhatsApp Photos & Videos From Your Smartphone’s Default Gallery


The Facebook-owned messaging platform has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. Recently, it rolled out ‘Forward Message Limit’ for Indian users to limit fake news and misuse of its platform. Message forwarding is now limited to five chats in India.

The company also added a new Mute button that allows users to mute chat directly from the notifications panel. It also announced the addition of ‘Picture-in-Picture’ Mode to Android app that will allow users to watch YouTube videos while checking the messages.

The WhatsApp group video/ voice calling features now allow you to chat with up to four people at the same time. Additionally, the ‘Swipe to Reply’ gesture support lets you respond to a WhatsApp message by simply swiping it to the right side.

Also read: New WhatsApp Updates To Bring Exciting Changes – What To Expect

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