How Do I Stop WhatsApp Downloading Media Automatically?

How Do I Stop WhatsApp Downloading Media Automatically?

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Installing messengers like We Chat, WhatsApp etc. and chatting with friends on smart phones can be fun. This is because you can share audio, video and images and watch videos on the devices where mobile data is enabled. Most of them are unaware of the fact that WhatsApp consumes data while downloading videos and image files.  While images are not a culprit behind the data consumption, downloading videos and audio files can consume significant amount of data. Whether you are using 2G or 3G, you surely get a lot of bill while downloading these files. One best thing to do is connecting with Wi-Fi whenever you get free connection.


WhatsApp disables video and audio file downloads and keeps images download enabled by default, while connecting to data network. So, when connecting through mobile data, video or audio downloads cannot be done automatically. But all of them are enabled on Wi-Fi and disabled while you are in roaming. Whatsapp has got these default settings.  If you want better control on Whatsapp on such settings or disable the images too and reduce unnecessary data usage on mobile data, then you should go through the following steps –

  1. Install and launch the application on your Smartphone.
  2. Go through ‘Chat Settings’ and then ‘Settings’.
  3. Tap on ‘Media auto download’ and then ‘when using mobile data’.
  4. Uncheck all the image included or change settings according to you.


For Wi-Fi and roaming, you can also go through the above steps to change settings. When on roaming or mobile data connectivity, you can also disable the automatic download. For flawless communication, remember that Whatsapp automatically download voice messages automatically. So, you should disable mobile data manually when not required. It can also save the battery life of your mobile device as well as data usage.

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