How to Stop WhatsApp Auto-Saving Images and Video to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

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whatsappSome 60 billion messages are sent over the WhatsApp chat platform every day. One of the reasons for the service's massive popularity is that it lets users send and receive as many media-rich messages as they want, which – as long as they've limited WhatsApp's use of their cellular data plan – costs them next to nothing.

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

  1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap the Settings icon (the small cog wheel) at the bottom right of the screen.

  3. Tap Chat Settings.
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  4. Toggle off the Save Incoming Media option so that it no longer shows as green.

Once you've turned off the above setting in WhatsApp, you can still manually opt to save individual media files that you receive in a chat thread. If your iPhone supports 3D Touch, simply hard press on the photo or video clip in question and swipe up to reveal the Save option. Alternatively, you can access the Save option by tapping the photo or clip and selecting the Share icon in the lower left of the screen.

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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

Infinite Vortex Avatar
34 months ago

And use what?

Signal.

If you read the Terms of Use WhatsApp, and Facebook, can grab the full contents of your Contacts app any time they want to. And they want to quite a bit. Not just names and phone numbers, the whole damn lot! WhatsApp won't work without access to Contacts either to ensure they get that data from you… Signal will work with or without your contact data.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
emulajavi Avatar
34 months ago
Whatsapp should let send and receive pics at full resolution, without compressing them.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RightMACatU Avatar
34 months ago

How to Stop WhatsApp Auto-Saving Images and Video to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

By not installing the app? :p
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pika2000 Avatar
34 months ago

Signal.

If you read the Terms of Use WhatsApp, and Facebook, can grab the full contents of your Contacts app any time they want to. And they want to quite a bit. Not just names and phone numbers, the whole damn lot! WhatsApp won't work without access to Contacts either to ensure they get that data from you… Signal will work with or without your contact data.

Any alternative IM service sounds good, until you realize where all your friends are. And at this point, everybody is too lazy to install/set up yet another messaging service after Whatsapp, Line, Wechat, Telegram, Facebook messenger, etc. Even Google couldn't penetrate the messaging market. Add on the region complexity if you have international friends. Telling your friends of yet another app to install (just to communicate with you) will be greeted with an eye-roll.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arkitect Avatar
34 months ago

iMessage of course remember you are on apples turf

I'll be sure to tell my Android using family and friends I want them all to switch to Apple. For my convenience, of course. ;)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
n-evo Avatar
34 months ago

Thank god 99% of my family and friends are on iOS so this isn’t necessary. But my question is...why wouldn’t you just SMS your Android friends? Most plans have unlimited texting these days.

SMS doesn't allow for sending video's, photos, voice memo's, location (with map), live location for a set time, group chat among other things. Also not all plans allow for free unlimited MMS, while SMS is unlimited without extra charges.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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