When the group chats are on fire you are more than happy to participate in the banter but sometimes all the pictures ending up on your camera roll can get highly annoying.
Although you are happy to see pictures of your cousin’s wedding, you are not happy to have them saved in your camera roll.
WhatsApp is notorious for having the annoying default option to automatically save any photos that are shared in a conversation.
Your memory is at stake here, your phone memory.
How to stop WhatsApp photos automatically saving on Android
The method to stop the constant download and saving of photos from WhatsApp is slightly complicated on an Android version of the app.
First, you need to open WhatsApp, where you can see the main window of the app where all of your chats are displayed.
There will be three vertical dots on the top right, click those.
Then you will enter settings, so now tap chat settings.
You will then see media-auto download, this is what you are looking for, click this option, (if you can’t find the media-auto download in chat settings then look for it in data usage).
Then you have the choice to only automatically download media when you are using cellular data, when connected to wifi and when roaming.
All you have to do is tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options for images, audio and video.
How to stop WhatsApp automatically saving photos on iPhone
Open the app and tap the settings button in the bottom right corner.
Then you can click on chats where there will be an option to turn off the default ‘save to camera roll’ action.
If you want to go a step further you can go into ‘Data and Storage Usage’ and change the media-auto download section so that the media will not be downloaded and stored in the app unless you say so.
This is a handy way to save storage.
For the photos, audio, videos and documents sections click never.
Now only the files you actually want to see or listen to will appear on your phone.