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How to stop media from auto downloading on WhatsApp [Android Guide]

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By now, everyone and his cousin twice removed must have heard of WhatsApp and installed it on his Android phone at least once. WhatsApp has become so much popular among the users that they have found different ways of using it. It is the first choice of many when it comes to sharing stuff be it photos, videos, audio, location, contact, or the recent addition, sharing document.

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Now we all that know that media like photos and videos are automatically downloaded by WhatsApp on your phone. This can be an issue for many, especially if you are having limited data plan. Also, sometimes it happens, especially in groups, that someone sends some photo or video which might be explicit and not to be viewed by someone who is not an adult. It can be very embarrassing if someone comes across such stuff while going through your phone gallery. What to do then? Well, in this tutorial we show you how to stop media from auto downloading on WhatsApp.

How to stop media from auto downloading on WhatsApp

Step 1: This tutorial is for those who have installed WhatsApp on their Android and want to stop media from auto downloading on WhatsApp, but, if you haven’t and want to download WhatsApp on your Android, you can download it from the Google Play Store. As soon as you open WhatsApp, go to ‘Settings‘ and then tap on ‘Chats and calls‘.

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Step 2: After going into the ‘Chats and calls’ settings, tap on the ‘Media auto-download‘ option and then select if you want the media to be auto-downloaded on Mobile Data or on Wi-Fi or while roaming.

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Step 3: To configure auto-download settings for Mobile Data, tap on ‘When using mobile data‘ and then un-check the boxes against the media type that you don’t want to get automatically downloaded.

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Tap on ‘When connected on Wi-Fi‘ to configure the auto-download settings for Wi-Fi and then un-check the boxes against the media type that you don’t want to get automatically downloaded.

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Tap on ‘When roaming‘ to configure auto-download settings for roaming and then un-check the boxes against the media type that you don’t want to get automatically downloaded.

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Do keep in mind that you don’t have an option to select whether or not you can download the voice messages automatically as they are always automatically downloaded.

We hope you were able to stop media from auto downloading on WhatsApp and save yourself from any embarrassments and data costs. If you liked this tutorial, feel free to visit our How-To Guides section for more tips and tricks.

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