That's great news for senders, but one of the drawbacks of receiving multiple images and video clips from your WhatsApp contacts is that they're automatically saved to your iPhone's Photo Library. Apart from being an unwelcome sight in your personal Camera Roll, they can start to take up valuable storage space. Fortunately, you can easily prevent this default behavior by following the steps below.
How to Stop WhatsApp Saving to Your Camera Roll
- Launch the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.
- Tap the Settings icon (the small cog wheel) at the bottom right of the screen.
- Tap Chat Settings.
- Toggle off the Save Incoming Media option so that it no longer shows as green.
How to Limit WhatsApp Media Downloads to Wi-Fi
If receiving images or video over WhatsApp is sapping your cellular data when you're out and about, you can prevent them from downloading to your iPhone until you're safely back in range of a Wi-Fi connection.
To do so, return to WhatsApp's Settings tab and select Data and Storage Usage. The options under Media Auto-Download let you dictate which types of media can be downloaded and under what circumstances. Make sure that the media types you're happy to wait for are set to Wi-Fi.