Even though we have hundreds of instant messaging apps for Android today, it was WhatsApp that was most preferred & feature-rich. WhatsApp provides more features and options than all other instant messaging apps for Android.

On WhatsApp, you can exchange text messages, make voice & video calls, join groups, and more. If you have been using the instant messaging app for a while, you may know that it automatically downloads the media files shared with you and saves them on your phone’s gallery.

This is a helpful feature for some users, but many don’t like it because it clutters the phone’s gallery. The images and videos and WhatsApp also save the music files shared with you.

Also read: How to Repair & Reset WhatsApp App in Windows 11

How to Disable Media Auto-Download in WhatsApp for Android

So, if you strongly dislike WhatsApp’s media auto-save feature, you need to turn it off from the App’s settings. Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on how to stop saving WhatsApp Media to your phone’s gallery on Android. Let’s get started.

1. First, open the WhatsApp app on your Android device and tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.

three dots

2. On the list of options, tap on the Settings.


3. On the Settings page, tap on the Storage and data option.

Storage and data

4. Now, on the Storage and Data screen, find the Media auto-download section. You will find three options – When using mobile data, when connected on WiFi and When Roaming.

media auto download settings

5. If you want to disable media auto-download completely, uncheck all four options – Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents.

6. If you wish to turn off media auto-download while using mobile data, select ‘No Media’ only when using the Mobile data option. Similarly, to prevent media downloads when connected to WiFi, select No media on ‘When connected on WiFi’.

use mobile data or wifi

That’s it! This is how you can disable media auto-download in the WhatsApp app for Android.

How to Manage WhatsApp Storage?

You need to use the app’s Storage Management tool to deal with all useless media files stored by WhatsApp on your phone. The storage management tool of WhatsApp shows you all files that were forwarded many times and larger than 5MB in size.

Manage WhatsApp Storage

You can quickly delete those files to free up some storage space. We have already shared a detailed guide on using WhatsApp’s new storage management tool. Make sure to check out that guide to free up storage space.

So, that’s all about how to stop saving WhatsApp Media files to your phone’s gallery on Android. You should disable the media auto-downloads if you have limited internet data and save storage space. If you need any more help, let us know in the comments.


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