How to Stop WhatsApp from Auto-downloading Media on iPhone

WhatsApp’s auto-download feature download the images, Videos, Docs in the background so that you can view it later without any interruption. But there is a downside as well. It keeps draining your Mobile data.

The great news is, there is a way to disable the auto-downloading feature. If you don’t want WhatsApp to download photos, videos, or documents in the background, here’s the way to stop.

Note: Don’t get confused with “Auto-download” and “Save to Camera Roll.” Auto-download feature downloads the media in the background and keeps it in WhatsApp itself. Whereas, Save to Camera Roll feature automatically saves all the incoming media to your iPhone camera roll.

How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Download Photos, Videos, Audios, and Docs on iPhone

Step #1. Update WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step #2. Open WhatsApp → Tap on Settings → Tap on Data and Storage Usage.

Tap on Settings then Data and Storage Usage in WhatsApp

Step #3. Under MEDIA AUTO DOWNLOAD, There are four options: Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents.

One by one tap on each option and select Never or Wi-Fi.

Disable Auto Download Photos, Videos, Documents in WhatsApp on iPhone


Turn off Auto-Download in WhatsApp

If you turn it off, you will have to tap on the download icon for all images, videos and audio messages. With Wi-Fi selected, the media will be downloaded only when your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network. The last option (Wi-Fi and Cellular) is basically enabling auto-download for all media.

It’s good that WhatsApp doesn’t give a blanket option that applies to all. I find that I mostly need to prevent video and audio auto-downloads (because that’s what gets most of the data usage.)

Note that Voice Messages, however, are downloaded automatically by default, and there’s no way you can stop it (unless you manually prevent the download while it’s happening.)

That’s all for now!

Feel free to share your views in the comment.

How to Prevent WhatsApp fom Auto Downloading Media on iPhone

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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