How to Stop WhatsApp from Saving Photos on iPhone/Android

WhatsApp photos can take up a lot of Storage space on your iPhone. Don't worry, this post will show the steps of how to stop WhatsApp saving photos on iPhone and Android phone.

Dylan by Dylan Updated September 8, 2023
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Why does WhatsApp automatically save photos?

If you often use WhatsApp, You may notice that WhatsApp automatically saves photos and videos to gallery no matter what phone you are using. WhatsApp default enables auto photo-saving to ensure you will not lost photos. 

It is a great ability to help users to better manage and view their WhatsApp.  But you want to know how to stop WhatsApp saving photos on iPhone and Android. Because not all WhatsApp photos are what you need. In addition, WhatsApp photos can take up large storage space on your iPhone or your phone gallery will be cluttered.


In this guide, we will demonstrate to you disable WhatsApp photo-saving to stop WhatsApp images and videos from being saved to iPhone and Android.

How to stop WhatsApp saving photos to gallery on iPhone

If you are a iPhone user, you can follow this part to perform this option.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and run WhatsApp.

Step 2. On the WhatsApp screen, tap the "Settings" section.

Step 3. On the settings screen, 

Step 4. Toggle off the "Save to Camera Roll" option. 


Tip: If you just want to stop saving media files from one person

1. On WhatsApp, open the conversation.

2. Tap the name at the top. Choose Save to Camera Roll > Choose Never.

That's it! This is how to stop WhatsApp photos from being stored on iPhone. Now your WhatsApp pictures are no longer automatically saved to your iPhone camera roll. If you need WhatsApp photos, you need to manually download the photos on the chat to your iPhone photos.

Part 2. How to make WhatsApp stop saving photos on Android phone

Just like iPhone, WhatsApp also automatically save photos to Android phone. That can consume your phone storage. Here are the steps of how to stop WhatsApp saving photos on Android phone (like Samsung, huawei)

Step 1. Open WhatsApp app. Tap “More Option” on the top-left corner.

Step 2. Tap the there-dots > Tap the “Settings” option.

Step 3. Choose “Data and Storage Usage” and find “Media auto-download”.

Step 4. There are three options, “When using mobile data”, “When connected on Wi-Fi”, and “When roaming” and tap each one. Uncheck “Photos” option.

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Now you have known how to stop WhatsApp saving photos. Hope this post can really help you. When WhatsApp photos or videos take up a large amount of your storage, you can follow the guide to stop saving photos from WhatsApp to iPhone/Samsung/HUAWEI/ and other phone galleries.

But sometimes, in case there are some photos that are important, it is suggested that you can backup WhatsApp photos with a WhatsApp backup tool. If you have some photos saved on iPhone Photos, you can use FoneTool, which is a powerful iOS backup tool, to backup iPhone Photos.

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