Many of us use WhatsApp messenger on a daily basis, receiving messages with media and other files. These files can add up over time and take space on your phone's memory. Removing dated files that you no longer need will save space and improve device performance. Keep reading to find out how to save space on WhatsApp.
To get started, open WhatsApp and go to Settings, the gear located in the lower right part of the screen. Then press Storage and Data > Storage Usage > Manage Storage. Here you can see how much space is being taken up by your different chats, sorted by size. At the top, you’ll see the heaviest items that you can easily delete. Select a conversation and you will see the space taken by file type, i.e. photos, videos, GIFs, voice messages, text messages, contacts, locations, documents, and stickers. Choose the files you’d like to remove and click Delete.
Repeat these steps for each conversation until you have enough space on your phone.
By default WhatsApp automatically downloads all files when you send and receive messages in your chats. Considering the amount of content you're receiving daily, this could quickly use up your phone's memory. To avoid this, deactivate this setting so that files are no longer automatically downloaded.
To do this, you must follow the same process as above. Go to Settings > Storage and Data. Then you will see the option Media Auto-Download and below Photos, Audios, Videos, and documents. By clicking on each of them, you can choose if you want each type of file to be downloaded automatically: 1. Wi-Fi; 2. Wi-Fi and Cellular; or 3. Never.
N.B.: Thanks to this trick, you won't only save storage, but also internet consumption and battery usage!