How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads for Group Media

How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads for Group Media

Are we safe to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads? I am sure we are.

We all know how nagging it is when our phone galleries become dirty with photos that automatically download from WhatsApp groups we joined. It could be a photo group, Music groups, politics, or Technology. Regardless of that, we don’t want our phone memory spaces to get full by things we don’t need at all.

How does it feel when you can control what goes in your gallery, you only download photos or music you want, and your gallery is just clean of any other WhatsApp group media? It’s awesome, you got that. It’s simple to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads

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Open WhatsApp; make sure you are seeing the main window – where all your chats are displayed. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.

Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming. Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio and Video.

To view photos, download them. When you do, WhatsApp saves them in a folder, and you can get inundated with stupid memes and other unwanted content, which is visible to anyone who open’s your phone’s Gallery App. However, it is possible to stop these photos from appearing in the Gallery app. Here’s how:

Navigate to the WhatsApp media folders. The location of the WhatsApp folder varies across devices but it should typically be: Internal Storage (sometimes labelled sdcard0) > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images, > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Audio, and WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Videos.

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Long-press the WhatsApp Images folder and make sure that it is selected. Do the same with the WhatsApp Video and WhatsApp Audio folders.

After selecting the three folders, tap the three dots icon on the top-right > Hide. This will ensure that the Gallery app doesn’t show them. You can still view these images and videos within WhatsApp and through any apps that let you view hidden folders. But if you pass your phone to someone, you no longer need worry about them seeing the WhatsApp photos and videos through the Gallery app.

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Not saving images automatically has its advantages, but it also means that you will have to download each photo manually. If you end up downloading each and every image anyway, then it’s probably best to leave this feature active. Let us know if this tutorial helped you via the comments. For more such useful articles, visit our

Open WhatsApp and go to settings.

How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads for Group Media

Open data and storage usage setting.

After that, you will see media auto download settings.

How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads for Group Media

There are 3 settings available for auto download media are:

  • When using mobile data
  • When connected to Wi-Fi
  • When roaming

Open is individually and uncheck all the options available photos, videos, audio, and documents.

How to Disable WhatsApp Auto-Downloads for Group Media

Then click on the okay button after doing this setting media will not get automatically download on your WhatsApp.

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Nelson Nyombi

Nelson Nyombi is a writer, and author of the novel “The Curse At Standbirth.” A professionally trained Software engineer, passionate about technology. Nelson has spent the last six years reading and writing reviews, interviews in tech, and tech novels. He has been a lifelong writer and began his journey in 2013 winning a college writing contest. Nelson writes SEO articles, reviews and interviews for, and he makes his home in Uganda, Kampala.

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