Whatsapp is a great way to send messages and photos to your friends. Once you've bought the cheap app, messages are sent over data/Wi-Fi and are therefor free. The only downside is that images, videos and audio files that are sent to you are automatically saved to your Android device. Here's how to stop Whatsapp saving images, photos and videos to your Android smartphone. See all How-To tutorials. (If you are an iPhone user, see our story: How to stop WhatsApp automatically saving images to your iPhone.)

How to stop Whatsapp saving photos Android

How to stop Whatsapp saving photos and media on Android

Stopping Whatsapp from saving photos and other media on your Android phone really is a simple task. Follow these simple steps and from this day forth Whatsapp will show you a ephemeral thumbnail of the image/media you are about to recieve, and it give you the option to save or disregard the file. See all Android tutorials.

Step one

Open the app and go to the main chats screen. From here click on the three vertical dots and then open settings.

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Step two

Now that you're in the settings menu, you need to open Chat Settings and then select the Media auto-download option.

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Step three

From here is you will be presented with three further options to let you decide if you want to download content when you're just using mobile data, connected to a Wi-Fi network or when Roaming. You now need to open and deselect the Image, Audio and Video check boxes from each Mobile Data, Wi-Fi and Roaming options.

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That's it. You will be asked whether you want to save a Whatsapp photo, audio or video file to your Android device.