How to configure auto-download
WhatsApp will automatically download images over your cellular connection to provide you with quick access to your latest photos.
To configure automatic photo, video, or audio downloading, tap
> Settings > Storage and data > Media auto-download.
Here you can choose when WhatsApp will automatically download media.
Note: WhatsApp is joining other services in reducing potential mobile network congestion during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To help improve these mobile network bandwidth issues, we’ve disabled auto-download for documents, videos, and audio messages in select regions.
When using mobile data
Selected media will automatically download when you are connected to cellular data.
When connected on Wi-Fi
Selected media will automatically download when you are connected to Wi-Fi.
Selected media will automatically download when you are roaming.
Note: Roaming data is often expensive. Enabling auto-download when roaming might result in significantly increased charges from your mobile provider.
Automatically downloaded media will show up in your gallery. To stop WhatsApp media from appearing in your gallery:
- Create a .nomedia file or folder
- Place the .nomedia file or folder inside your WhatsApp images, audio and video folder
You can do this using a file explorer from the Google Play Store. Remember, you can always delete the .nomedia file and WhatsApp media will show up in your gallery again.