How To Auto Download Photos On WhatsApp

Do you want to automatically load images and videos you receive on WhatsApp whether you’re using mobile data or Wi-Fi? Or do you want to choose which media files you want to auto-download? In any case, we’re here to help you. Follow our quick guide below, and we’ll show you how to manage your auto-download options on WhatsApp.


Aside from sending messages to your friends, family, and other contacts, you can also share photos, videos, and other media files on WhatsApp. When you receive these types of files, the app automatically saves them on your gallery, depending on the type of internet connection you’re using.

If you’re using a Wi-Fi network, WhatsApp saves all types of media files on your device automatically. On the other hand, it only downloads photos when you’re using mobile data.

However, WhatsApp allows its users to manage their media auto-download settings. As such, you can choose to automatically save all media files even when you’re using your mobile data or roaming option.

With that in mind, here’s a quick guide on how to manage your media options on WhatsApp.

How to automatically download images on WhatsApp

By default, WhatsApp automatically downloads all media on your device when connected to the Wi-Fi. On the other hand, it only saves images when using mobile data.

However, please note that you can’t auto-download photos on the WhatsApp web and desktop app. You can only use this feature on their mobile app. In our quick tutorial below, we’ll show you how to do it on WhatsApp for Android.

  1. From your home screen or app drawer, open WhatsApp and sign in to your account.
  2. Tap More options (three horizontal dots) on the upper-right corner of the screen and tap Settings on the menu.

  3. Open your “Storage and data” options.

  4. Under “Media auto-download,” configure the preferences when you’re using mobile data, Wi-Fi, or roaming.

If you don’t mind using a lot of mobile data, you can choose to auto-download all types of media, including videos, documents, and audio files. However, keep in mind that it can exhaust your mobile data pretty quickly.

All downloaded media from WhatsApp shows up in your phone’s gallery. In this way, you can browse all the photos, videos, and audio files you receive even without opening the messaging app.

Managing your WhatsApp auto-download settings on iPhone is pretty much the same as the steps above. However, expect some differences in the interface and options available.

Manage your auto-download options on WhatsApp

Although media auto-download can be convenient when you’re using Wi-Fi, it can drain your roaming or mobile data plan, especially if you receive a lot of photos and videos from your chats. Aside from that, it can also clog your phone’s storage pretty quickly.

As such, we recommend that you gauge whether you can use the auto-download feature at all times and on every connection. After all, no one wants extra charges on their mobile data or roaming plan every month.

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