How to Stop Media Auto-Download on WhatsApp for Android

By default, WhatsApp will automatically download:

Photos when you’re in mobile data connection.

All media when you’re in WiFi connection.

Nothing when you’re in roaming.

Default settings

If you want to stop media auto-download of WhatsApp, then follow the below steps:

Open WhatsApp.

Hit Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > Settings > Data and Storage usage.

Under the “Media auto-download” section, you can see three options.

If you want to stop WhatsApp saving photos when you’re using mobile data, then hit “When using mobile data” option. Now, uncheck “Photos” and then hit “Ok.”

Unchecked Photos

If you want to stop the auto-download of all (Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents) when you’re using WiFi, then hit “When connected on Wi-Fi” option. Now, uncheck all options and then hit  “Ok.”

By default, WhatsApp doesn’t download anything on roaming. So you can leave the “When roaming” option intact. In case, if you’ve already selected any, then just hit “When roaming” option, uncheck the ones that are selected and tap “Ok.”

That’s it. All done.

Stopped media auto-download completely on WhatsApp

From now on, whenever you’re receiving media files, you need to download manually (Hit the “Download” icon in the media file to do this).

Also, keep in mind the following two important things:

Voice messages will always automatically downloaded by WhatsApp, and there isn’t an option to stop that.

You can’t stop media auto-download on WhatsApp Web.

Note: WhatsApp, by default, shows downloaded images and videos in the phone gallery. Want to hide photos and videos from the gallery? Check out this guide.