How to Stop WhatsApp from Auto Download Media on Android

By default, WhatsApp will automatically download:

  • The photos when you are using mobile data connection.
  • The photos, videos, audios, and documents when you are using WiFi connection.
  • WhatsApp will not automatically download files when you are on roaming.
  • Default media auto-download settings

Letting WhatsApp to automatically download media is not a good choice especially if you are receiving a lot of media daily. Because, it will consume a lot of bandwidth and storage.

The fix for this issue is stopping WhatsApp auto-download.​

In this post, we will see the steps to stop WhatsApp from automatically downloading media on your Android device.

Well, it is a simple task and you can do it in a minute using WhatsApp in-built settings. Let’s get started.

Stop WhatsApp from Auto-Download Media on Android


  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Hit Overflow menu (three vertical dots) at the top.
  • Tap Settings > Data usage.
  • Under “Media auto-download” section, you can see three options regarding auto-download.
  • Tap “When using mobile data” option. Now, uncheck all the options and tap OK.
  • Tap “When connected on Wi-Fi”, uncheck all the options and tap OK.
  • Stopped auto media download on WiFi connection
  • By default, WhatsApp doesn't automatically download media on roaming. So you can leave that “When roaming” option intact. In case, if you’ve already selected any of those, just uncheck them and tap OK.
  • That's it. All done.
  • Stopped WhatsApp from auto downloading media

From now on:

WhatsApp will not auto download media on your Android device.

So, when you are receiving media files, you have to download manually. Tap the Download icon on the media file and it will be downloaded and saved to your device.

Here are two important things to note:​

  • WhatsApp will always automatically download voice messages and there is no option to stop that.
  • You can't stop auto-download on WhatsApp Web.

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