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How to Stop WhatsApp From Auto-Saving Photos & Videos on iPhone

Long-time users of WhatsApp on iPhone should know that the app auto-downloads images and videos and saves them into the Camera Roll. While this is convenient in terms of accessibility, it quickly becomes a mess since it clutters your Camera Roll, and not to mention, private photos could easily end up on your roll, easily accessible for other people. This quick guide will teach you how to stop WhatsApp from auto-saving photos and videos on iPhone.

How to Stop WhatsApp From Auto-Saving Photos & Videos on iPhone
Basically, there are two ways to disable the WhatsApp auto-saving feature:

Method 1:

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Scroll a little bit down and tap Privacy
  3. Tap Photos
  4. Now, disable the switch for the WhatsApp app
  5. Stop WhatsApp from Auto-Saving Photos

From here on, whenever you receive an image or video in WhatsApp, it will only be accessible within the app. Basically, what happened in WhatsApp, stays in WhatsApp. The app won’t clutter your Camera Roll anymore, and possibly save you from future embarrassment.

Method 2:

  1. Launch WhatsApp
  2. Tap Settings (found below the app interface)
  3. Tap Chat Settings
  4. Find the Save Incoming Media option and toggle the switch to off.
  5. WhatsApp Chat Settings

Again, this will also prevent WhatsApp from auto-saving any sort of media to your Camera Roll.

To prevent all of these auto-saving shenanigans, you can simply not grant permission to the WhatsApp app in the first place. If you can recall after installation, WhatsApp will ask permission to access your photos. If you turn down the request, the app will not auto-save any kind of media to your Camera Roll.

We all tend to get careless when it comes to granting permission to apps and that tends to lead to both minor and major inconveniences. So folks, be wary when granting permissions to newly installed iPhone apps.

Hopefully, this quick tip on how to stop WhatsApp from auto-saving photos and videos on iPhone has helped you. Be sure to share and don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions.

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