WhatsApp is your favorite messaging application but, although you have been using it for some time now, you think you still have doubts regarding the use of some of its features. In particular, you would like to avoid that the photos and videos received in the various chats are automatically downloaded to your smartphone, taking up space unnecessarily.
Failing to find the right option to prevent this from happening, you did some research on the web and ended up straight on this guide of mine. That’s the way it is, am I right? Then let me tell you that you’ve come to the right place at the right time. In the next paragraphs of this tutorial, in fact, I will explain how not to save WhatsApp photos by providing you with all the instructions to disable this option, both on Android devices and on iPhone (on PC the photos are not automatically downloaded permanently, so there is no is the need to intervene in this sense).
How do you say? Is it just what you were looking for? So let’s not waste any more time chatting and see how to proceed. All you have to do is get comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next few lines. I assure you that by doing so, you will be able to disable the automatic saving of WhatsApp photos on your smartphone. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
- How not to save Android WhatsApp photos
- How not to save WhatsApp photos in Android Gallery
- How not to save WhatsApp photos to Google Photos
- How not to save iPhone WhatsApp photos
How not to save Android WhatsApp photos
To not save WhatsApp photos on your Android device , you can choose to disable the automatic saving of all photos received on the famous messaging application or disable the download exclusively for individual chats. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!
How not to save WhatsApp photos in Android Gallery
All you have to do to not save WhatsApp photos in the Gallery on Android is to access the settings of the famous messaging application and disable the automatic download of the received media.
To proceed, take your Android device, start WhatsApp by tapping its icon (the white handset on a green background ), press the three dots icon , at the top right, and select the Settings option from the menu that opens.
In the new screen displayed, tap on the Chat item , locate the Media Visibility option and move the relative lever from ON to OFF , to disable the automatic download of images and videos received on WhatsApp in the Gallery app of your smartphone.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to leave the automatic download function of WhatsApp photos active and deactivate it only for specific chats, access the Chat screen of the app, press on the chat of your interest and tap on the contact name located at the top.
Now, select the Media Visibility option and on the screen Show recently downloaded media from this chat in the phone gallery? , Affix a check mark next to No . Then press the OK button and that’s it.
How do you say? Would you also like to know how not to save WhatsApp group photos ? Also in this case, access the WhatsApp Chat screen , press on the group chat for which you want to disable the automatic download of images and tap on the group name visible at the top.
Then select the Media visibility option , put the check mark next to No and press the OK button to save the changes and disable the automatic saving of all media, including photos.
Finally, if your intention is also to disable the automatic download of media files during conversations (and consequently also avoid downloading them in the Android Gallery app), press the three dots icon , at the top right, select the Settings option from the menu that opens and, in the new screen displayed, press on the Space and data item
Then locate the Automatic media download section , press on the item When you use the mobile network , remove the check mark from the Photos option and press the OK button , to disable the automatic download of photos when you use the cellular data network.
Similarly, you can also proceed to disable automatic photo download when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then press on the option When connected via Wi-Fi , remove the check mark next to the Photo item (and all the options of your interest between Audio , Video and Documents ) and tap the OK button to save the changes.
Also, if you see fit, you can disable automatic image download when roaming. The option in question, by default, should already be disabled: to be sure, go to the section When you are roaming and make sure that the Photos option is not selected. Otherwise, remove the check mark next to all the items of your interest and press the OK button .
How not to save WhatsApp photos to Google Photos
If you are wondering how not to save WhatsApp photos to Google Photos , you should know that you no longer need any of your operations since the automatic saving of photos received on the famous messaging application on Google Photos is no longer allowed.
From June 2020 , in fact, Google has formalized the blocking of the synchronization of WhatsApp photos and videos (and other messaging services and social network apps) on Google Photos. However, the possibility of making WhatsApp backups and storing them on Google Drive remains active, the famous Google cloud storage service with 15 GB of free space (which can be increased with a subscription to Google One , starting from 1.99 euro / month for 100 GB).
If you have activated the automatic backup of WhatsApp on Google Drive and now you would like to deactivate it, all you have to do is go to the WhatsApp Settings and select the Chat option . In the new screen that appears, press on the Chat Backup item , locate the Google Drive Settings section and tap the Backup to Google Drive option .
At this point, put the check mark next to Never , to completely disable backups on Google Drive, or the option Only when I touch “Back up” , to disable automatic backups, leaving the option to manually make backups of WhatsApp on Google’s cloud storage service. For more information on this, I leave you to my guide on how to backup WhatsApp .
How not to save iPhone WhatsApp photos
The procedure for not saving WhatsApp photos on iPhone is quick and easy. Again, you can choose either to completely disable the automatic download of all received photos or to avoid downloading images for individual chats.
In the first case, take your iPhone, start WhatsApp and press the Settings item in the menu located at the bottom. In the new screen that appears, locate the item Save to Camera Roll and move the relative lever from ON to OFF , to disable the automatic saving of photos and videos you receive on WhatsApp in the Photos app of your iPhone.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to disable the automatic download only for specific chats, both single and group, access the Chat section of WhatsApp, press on the chat of your interest and, in the new screen displayed, tap on the contact name or the name of the group displayed above.
Now, press on the item Save to photo roll and select the Never option from the menu that opens, to disable the automatic download of photos and videos received in the chat in question. If you change your mind, you can activate this option again by repeating the procedure just indicated and choosing the Always option .
As I indicated in the lines dedicated to Android devices , even on iPhone you can disable the automatic download of media in conversations. To do this, access the WhatsApp Settings , press on the Space and data item and locate the Automatic media download section . To disable only the automatic download of images, tap on the Photo item and select the Never option . Also in this case, you can reactivate the function in question at any time, by choosing the option of your interest.