How to Stop WhatsApp from Saving Photos and Videos to iPhone Camera Roll

Exchanging nice photos and fun-loving clips with friends during WhatsApp conversation is something that most of us cherish. And, I’m no exception to this (kind of) universal thing.

However, I prefer to save only selected shared pics to my photo library to ensure the precious storage is not cluttered. Thankfully, there is an option to stop WhatsApp from automatically saving photos and videos to the iPhone’s Camera Roll.

If you no longer want the messaging app to mess up your entire photo library, run through the quick steps to enable the useful storage management feature!

How to Prevent WhatsApp From Saving Photos and Videos to Camera Roll on iPhone

Step #1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on the Settings tab at the bottom right corner.

Step #3. Next, tap on Chats option.

Step #4. Finally, make sure the “Save to Camera Roll” switch is turned off.

Stop WhatsApp Saving Photos and Videos to iPhone Camera Roll

That’s pretty much it!

From now onwards, shared photos and clips will no longer be automatically saved to your photo library.

If you find any image worth storing in your photo library, just tap on it to save.

If you happen to change your mind later and wish to store the shared media to the Camera Roll again, return to the same setting and turn on this switch.

There you go!

Wrapping Up…

That’s how you can take control of all the shared media and prevent it from not only messing up your photo library but also eating into plenty of storage on your device.

If your device is on limited bandwidth, I would recommend you to take advantage of the low data usage feature (WhatsApp → Settings → Data and Storage Usage). You can choose to lower the amount of data usage during WhatsApp call and also allow the media and docs to download only when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.

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Have any WhatsApp tip for us? Do toss it up in the comments section.

How to Stop WhatsApp from Saving Photos and Videos to iPhone Camera Roll

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. The problem with this approach of turning of whatsapp in privacy settings is that you can no longer forward pictures / videos using whatsapp. I with the iPhone had an android like setting where I could select the media folder that get backed up to my phone!!

  2. rephraed i keep getting trash pics and videos on my whatsapp in iphone, i want to block it totally . not even allow any pics or videos to be opened or receive. How can i do it?

  3. hello , so there is no way to stop the auto download images from whatsapp in iphone !! , i think there was an option before do stop the auto download images !! is it removed in the new version !?


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