If you’ve been using WhatsApp on your iPhone for a while, you know that it saves auto-downloaded images and videos to the iPhone camera roll. This particular feature can turn out to be messy because it clutters the Camera Roll and at times, you’ve got some really nasty photos on WhatsApp that end up in your camera roll – fully public for anyone who’s browsing through your camera roll album to see.

Now that’s a bit of a trouble. However, it is pretty simple and straight-forward to disable WhatsApp to auto-download photos and videos to your iPhone camera roll.

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

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

  • Go to Settings → Scroll down and tap on Privacy.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy on iPhone

  • Tap on Photos → Now turn off the switch for WhatsApp.

Disable Photos Access to WhatsApp on iPhone

Hitherto, whenever someone sends you an image or a video, it stays within WhatsApp. You can still have them in WhatsApp and view them but it won’t show up in your camera roll album. Basically, it doesn’t get transferred there saving you a lot of clutter and occasionally, some embarrassment.

There’s another way to disable Whatsapp from saving media to your camera roll. Here’s how to do that:

  • Open Whatsapp Tap on Settings (from the bottom menu) Tap on Chats

Tap on Settings then Chats in WhatsApp iPhone App

  • Disable the switch for Save Incoming Media

Stop WhatsApp Saving Photos and Videos to iPhone Camera Roll

This will stop Whatsapp from saving any media to the camera roll.

A quick video on how to stop WhatsApp How to Stop WhatsApp from Saving Images/Videos to Camera Roll:

When you install WhatsApp, it asks for permission to access your Photos. If you turn it down here, you won’t have to worry about WhatsApp images and videos getting copied to your camera roll.

You can still see the images/videos sent by a person by tapping on the Name (in a chat screen) → View media.

WhatsApp basically downloads images automatically but lets you choose to download videos. Once they get downloaded, they reside inside WhatsApp. If the app has permission to access Photos, it saves them to the camera roll too. Turn that permission down and you are in the clear.

Check out: How to stop Whatsapp from Auto-downloading Images/Video on iPhone

Turning off the Privacy for Photos for WhatsApp specifically helps in keeping your camera roll less cluttered but also helps in reducing the size of your camera roll.

Watch out this video to know how to stop WhatsApp downloading media to iPhone Camera Roll:

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  • Guest

    Hey, how do we do this in latest version of whatsapp? They’ve changed settings section…

    • There is little change. We just update the article.

  • Vijay

    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!!

  • Shruthi Shetty

    hello .. is there any way to stop vedios from downloading on whatsapp itself….

  • Chandran

    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?

  • Chandran

    i keep getting trash pics and videos, i want to block it . not even allow any pics or videos. How can i do it


    I would like it to download in auto, but without adding to camera roll

  • BayanoS

    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 !?

    • Yeah there’s still no way to stop auto-downloads. The only thing you can
      prevent is stop them from getting saved to your camera roll.

  • Anne

    Another option is just to switch it off through WhatsApp: Settings, Chat Settings, and then switch off “Save Incoming Media”

    • Thanks for the tip Anne. We’ve added this to the post!

  • Vignesh Vijay

    Hi, Please tell me how to do the same thing on windows phone.

  • Bro Mas

    thanks man !

  • How to Save Images on WhatsApp oustide Camera Roll?

    • You can’t do that right from within the app. WhatsApp saves images
      directly to the camera roll. You will have to manually move them to
      another album in the Photos app.

  • rayfilwong

    big thanks