(2022) How to Stop Auto-Download in WhatsApp

Written by Thirumalraj

This post will show you how to stop automatic media downloads in the WhatsApp app (Android and iPhone).

Note that you can’t disable media auto-download on WhatsApp Web and Desktop app. Let’s start.

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Stop Auto-Download in WhatsApp (iPhone)

Here are the steps to stop auto-download in WhatsApp:

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app.

Select “Settings” at the bottom, then “Storage and Data.”

You’ll see these options in the “Media Auto-Download” section:

  • Photos
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Documents

Choose one of them, and you’ll view these three options:

  • Never – This disables auto-download of selected media. For example, if I choose “Never” for “Video,” WhatsApp will not auto-download the video.
  • Wi-Fi – This only downloads selected media on a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular – This downloads selected media on Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Choose the one you prefer.

You can follow the steps above for other options in the “Media Auto-Download” section.

That’s all.

Check out the “How to Reset Auto-Download Settings” section if you want to reset these.

Turn Off Media Auto-Download in WhatsApp on Android Phone

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp app and tap three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

Select Settings > Storage and data.

You’ll see these three options in the “Media auto-download” section above the Media upload quality section.

To turn off the auto-download of media on mobile data, select the “When using mobile data” option.

Deactivate the ones you don’t want to auto-download and tap “OK.”

To disable auto-download on Wi-Fi, select “When connected on Wi-Fi.” Uncheck the checkbox of your preferred ones and tap “OK.”

To cancel automatic downloads while roaming, select “When roaming.” Uncheck the desired ones and tap “OK.”

That’s it. From now on, tap the Download icon in the media files you receive to download them.

Check out the next section if you’d like to reset these.

Reset WhatsApp Auto-Download Settings

You can reset it whenever you want, and here’s how on Android and iPhone:


Tap the Settings tab at the bottom and select Storage and Data. Tap the Reset Auto-Download Settings option. 

That’s all. Note that you already have default settings if you can’t tap on the option above.


Unlike the iPhone, there is no reset option for Android.

However, you can reset it by applying default settings manually. You can find them in the “Notes” below.

That’s it.


By default, WhatsApp automatically downloads:

  • Photos on the mobile data connection.
  • All media (Photos, audio, videos, and documents) on a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Nothing on roaming. This one only applies to WhatsApp for Android.

Also, note this:

  • There is no option to stop voice messages from auto-downloading on WhatsApp.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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