Usually, we receive all kinds of files by WhatsApp and much more on select dates where memes or congratulations are common. Although the messaging application is comfortable and practical to talk to anyone we can think of, having a mobile phone full of photos, videos or audios can be a problem and can affect its performance. So you can automatically delete files received by WhatsApp and have enough space.
Some applications allow delete all your files automatically or a specific time, but you can also block the downloads so that your file gallery does not fill up. Typically, video and photo files are stored in a specific folder in your gallery that you can permanently delete, but audios, GIFs, and voice messages are also stored … In this case, you can follow some steps with which you will delete everything, from audio files to delete WhatsApp messages, so they don’t take up space.
The most practical thing is to bet on block downloads on WhatsApp, And so we will not have to delete files received by WhatsApp automatically, but instead, we will be the ones who choose what we collect and what we do not. You can have absolute control either with WiFi, data rate or data roaming. Once you decide what you want and what you do not want to reach you, you will see that WhatsApp asks you before if you would like to download a received file. If you know it is a meme or any video that can be dangerous, it will not appear in your gallery.
For this, you can follow some straightforward steps:
- Open WhatsApp on your mobile phone
- Go to the settings by pressing in the upper right corner.
- Choose the option “Data and storage” on the menu
- Go to the “Automatic download.”
- You will see three options.
- Download with mobile data
- Download with WiFi
- In data roaming
- Brand the option “None” at three
In iOS, you can also do it similarly:
- Open WhatsApp on your iPhone
- Press the “Settings” button in the lower right corner
- Go to the section “Data and storage.”
- You will see four options.
- Choose in each of them never download
Now you will have full power to choose what is downloaded and what is not, and thus you will not have to delete files received by WhatsApp automatically. But if you prefer not to disable this option or still download everything, we explain more tricks.
Delete files from a conversation
You don’t necessarily have to erase photo by photo in an interview to lighten space on your mobile phone; you can wipe it in one fell swoop. In a couple of seconds, you will have freed up space, and it is especially useful in the case of WhatsApp groups where it is common to send videos continuously, jokes, memes, group photos … And you end up with 4 or 5 GB of space because of that group.
You can erase chat to chat, group to group. We explain how:
- Open your WhatsApp application on your mobile phone
- Go to the settings and open the different Menu options
- Click on the option “Data and storage.”
- You will see all your conversations and the space of each
- Choose the one you want from the available list (ordered by space)
Once inside the conversation you wish to, you will see all the space that is in:
- Text messages
- Audio messages
To automatically delete and delete files received by WhatsApp, click on the bottom of the screen where you will find “Free up space”. Once you have done that, you can delete all items from the conversation or the type of elements you want. In other words, you can delete only photos, only videos, only audio messages, only documents … Choose what you are not interested in, and it will be removed directly.
This process, you can repeat it with all your WhatsApp conversations if you think they are full of documents, photos or videos that do not interest you.
If you don’t want to have to do the above, you can download applications specifically dedicated to automatically deleting WhatsApp files. You will find many of them on Google Play (they are not so common for iOS in the App Store), and their function is to remove all the content you want periodically. They are not especially advisable if you’re going to keep part of the data. The cleaner will automatically erase your received files, and there may be something you want to keep, so the above method is more advisable. However, if you want to delete everything, you can resort to these apps.
In Google Play, you will find many similar ones, and WhatsApp Cleaner is one of them. Automatic and without the need for you to activate this periodic cleaning since it is in charge of doing it alone. That is, you can set how often you want all files to be deleted, and it will happen automatically. The exciting thing about this application is that it allows you to choose that only duplicate files be removed, so you will not delete essential items or lose them. But also, beyond adjusting the time limit, you can change the space limit: you can mark the files to be deleted when it goes over a maximum amount of gigabytes. That is, if your mobile phone has less than 4 GB available at that time, the cleaner will automatically start to act and to delete.
This application is similar to the previous one and allows you to free up memory by time or by file size. You will choose if you want to erase everything, if you wish to files over a certain weight (100 KB or 1 MB) to be deleted or if you wish to all WhatsApp files are removed that are less than one week, less than one month or less than the last three months. You will not have to delete chat by chat, but they will all be automatically deleted.