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WhatsApp: How to free up space on your Android phone

Hello friends! WhatsApp is an app that has a lot of tricks and features. Besides being one of the most used apps today. WhatsApp usually stores many files of different types, and if you have a phone with limited space. You may find yourself in the situation of running out of storage space, which is detrimental to the proper functioning of your phone. However, there are different tricks you can apply to solve this problem. And avoid running out of storage space because of WhatsApp. In addition, they will help you to have a greater order of your files on your phone. Customized versions of Android from some manufacturers such as Xiaomi include a cleaner that could be helpful too. In this post, we will show you how to free up space on your Android phone on WhatsApp.

Disable automatic file downloading

By default, all files in WhatsApp are downloaded automatically, and this makes you lose control over the files that are downloaded to your phone through conversations. If you disable the automatic download with mobile data, roaming, and WiFi, you will have to click on each file you want to download and, if you have seen it and no longer need it, you can take the opportunity to delete the file, directly. With this, you will not store thousands of photos, videos, and audio that are going through the groups of which you are part and that you may not even have seen. Since in these groups where they tend to share this type of files that end up filling the storage of your phone. Logically, the images or videos you want to keep should not be deleted from your gallery or from the conversation itself.

First step

Open WhatsApp

Second step

Then go to Settings

Then go to Settings WhatsApp: How to free up space
Then go to Settings

Third step

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After that, click on “Storage & Data”

click on "Storage & Data" WhatsApp: How to free up space
click on “Storage & Data”

Fourth step

Finally, disable automatic downloading of items when you are using mobile data, Wi-Fi, and Roaming. This way files are no longer downloaded automatically filling up your device’s storage.

Remove videos from the backup

WhatsApp takes care of backing up all your conversations and files, this includes videos that are usually received and sent through the app. These backups are made both in the cloud and locally. Although it is a fact that the videos usually take up too much space, with the increase of the size limit that is possible to send by WhatsApp and the increase in quality of the same. So it would not be a bad idea to leave them out of the backup if the goal is to free up space.

First step

Open WhatsApp

Second step

Then go to Settings

Third step

After that, select “Chats”

WhatsApp: How to free up space
WhatsApp free up space

Fourth step

Finally, open Backup and uncheck “Include videos”.

open Backup and uncheck "Include videos"
open Backup and uncheck “Include videos”

An alternative to save the videos you want to keep, upload them to Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, or the cloud storage service you usually use. Also, some services like Google Photos can free up space on the phone by keeping the images and videos synchronized in the cloud.

Conclusion

WhatsApp is one of the apps that we use the most and is one of those that have the greatest impact on the storage of our devices. Therefore, cleaning it periodically is more than recommended, to maintain the optimal functioning of our phone. And even more so when we have been using the same account for many years. If this is the case the backup should have a considerable size that you can recover using the tricks in this post. Thanks for reading. Bye-bye!

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