Stop WhatsApp from auto-saving photos on iPhone

Turn off WhatsApp image auto-save on iPhone and save space

Do you ever find your iPhone's photo gallery filled with countless images from WhatsApp messages? It can be frustrating, right?

Stop WhatsApp from auto-saving photos on iPhone

Thankfully, there's a solution! In this easy-to-follow guide, we'll walk you through the simple steps to stop WhatsApp from automatically saving images to your iPhone. By making a few adjustments to your WhatsApp settings, you'll regain control over your photo collection and enjoy a clutter-free gallery.

So, if you want to avoid your phone's storage being filled with unnecessary pictures, follow the instructions in this guide.

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Stop WhatsApp auto-saving photos to the Photos app

If you want to stop saving all images from WhatsApp to your Camera roll, you need to turn off the feature in the app settings.

To stop saving images to the Photos app, follow the steps below:

1. Open the WhatsApp application on your iPhone.
2. At the bottom menu, select the "Settings" tab.

Go to Settings

3. Go to "Chats" and turn off the "Save to Camera Roll" option.

Go to Chats

Disable Save to Camera Roll

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Stop WhatsApp auto-saving photos from a specific chat

If you want to auto-save all images from WhatsApp except from certain contacts, you can turn off photo auto-save in the chat settings.

To stop saving images to the Photos app from a specific chat, follow the steps below:

1. Open the WhatsApp app and open the chat.
2. At the very top, tap on the person's name or phone number.

Tap on the name

3. Choose "Save to Camera Roll" and select "Never".

Tap Save to camera Roll

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How to save a specific image when auto-save is disabled

Even though auto-save is turned off, you can manually save images to the Photos app.

To save a specific image or video to your Camera Roll, follow the steps below:

1. Go to WhatsApp and open a conversation from which you want to save the file.
2. Select the image and tap the Share icon at the bottom right corner.

Tap Share

3. Tap "Save" to save it to the Photos app.

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Limit WhatsApp photo download over network

You can also stop WhatsApp auto-saving photos while using Mobile data or Wi-Fi.

To limit file downloads from WhatsApp, follow the steps below:

1. Open WhatsApp and go to the "Settings" tab.

Go to Settings

2. Select "Storage and Data", and under "Media Auto-Downloads", choose "Photos".

Go to Storage and data

Tap Photos

3. Select "Never".

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By following the steps outlined above, you can stop WhatsApp from auto-saving images to your Camera Roll and limit file downloads. But you can always manually save specific photos and videos to your Photos app.

If you have any questions, comment down below!

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