WhatsApp has taken over in recent years as perhaps the most important messaging service, so it’s important to know how you can reduce its data use and storage.
This is even more crucial now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made digital solutions and remote communications a vital part of everyday life, both professionally and personally.
Read on to find out how you can make sure WhatsApp isn’t using up too much of your precious data or storage.
Get the latest version
First off, before making any changes or improvements to an app, it pays to make sure you are working with the latest version.
For WhatsApp, that means you need to be using version 18.104.22.168 (Android) or 22.214.171.124 (iOS).
Find the storage and data section
On your Android phone, tap on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the WhatsApp homepage. Then go to settings.
In settings you will find an a section titled ‘storage and data’, this is where you need to be.
Use less data for calls
In order to use less date for calls, there is an option on this page called ‘use less data for calls’, toggle this to on to start saving.
Reduce your storage usage
Like data, your phone’s storage capacity can be a precious resource, so don’t waste it on WhatsApp when there’s a simple solution to free up space.
In the same storage and data section as before, you will find options to prevent your phone from auto-downloading media on WhatsApp, which will stop your device automatically using data and then storage to download and save every file or picture you are sent.
You can also choose to backup your chats and data to a computer to save more space.