How to Disable Media Auto Download on WhatsApp

WhatsApp media auto downloads can be a serious problem for you if you are a member of a crowded group on the application. Your disk can be filled with nonsense pictures and files and your device and internet speed can get slower because of auto downloading. If you are having such a problem on your Android or iOS device, we are going to tell you how to disable auto media downloads on here. You can still download your files manually after you disable the download. If you are facing with download problem, you can check our “WhatsApp Doesn’t Save Images to Phone” guideline.

Disable Auto Download of Media on Android and iOS

If you would like to disable auto download of media on your application, you will need to do it on a few steps:


  • Run WhatsApp Messenger on your android device.
  • Tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Data Usage.
  • Tap on When Using Mobile Data and disable all files from this section and tap “OK” button.
  • Tap on When Connected Wi-Fi and disable all.
  • Tap on When Roaming and disable all options.

Now you are done. You have disabled all downloads from your phone.

iPhone and Other iOS Devices

  • Run WhatsApp on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Settings at the right bottom of the main screen.
  • Tap on Data Usage.
  • Tap on Pictures, Videos, Audios and Files one by one and select Never option to disable all downloads from your phone.

Now you have disabled auto download options. If you have any questions, you can let us know with commenting this page.

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