1. kishorekumar_a's Avatar
    My friends share a lot of media (Photos, Videos & Audio) in the Whatsapp groups I am part of. The files have essentially accumulated in the phone and are spamming my Photos app. Previously Whatsapp had the option to Enable or Disable automatic saving of media to phone. After the recent update, when the Whatsapp was pulled from store for a 2 week period, I am not able to find that option.

    Can anybody clue me in on the location of the option or confirm if the option is not available anymore?

    If it is not available anymore, is there any other way to prevent automatic saving? Or at the least disable the Whatsapp Album from showing up in the Photos app?
    06-18-2014 05:33 AM
  2. bssnik's Avatar
    Yeah they disabled the function time ago 😒 there is actually no way to prevent from this only delete them through albums
    06-18-2014 05:35 AM
  3. Lu520's Avatar
    Go to Privacy in Settings. There you can find a setting like Saving Media Automatically :)
    06-18-2014 05:58 AM
  4. poststamp's Avatar
    To configure automatic photo, video, or audio downloading, simply go to WhatsApp > tap the three dot at the bottom of the screen > settings > chat settings > media auto-download..
    06-18-2014 06:00 AM
  5. bssnik's Avatar
    I guess he means that the pictures were automatically saved in a album after downloading a picture in a chat..
    06-18-2014 06:51 AM
  6. Lu520's Avatar
    I guess he means that the pictures were automatically saved in a album after downloading a picture in a chat..
    Obviously and the way they designed is like that only. Right ?
    06-18-2014 07:09 AM
  7. kishorekumar_a's Avatar
    To configure automatic photo, video, or audio downloading, simply go to WhatsApp > tap the three dot at the bottom of the screen > settings > chat settings > media auto-download..
    Sorry for not being clear. Media auto download is ok for me. But the media is also saved to the phone/sd card in the Photo Albums. I just want to prevent that.

    By your replies i can guess that it is impossible to prevent saving to photos now. However if there are any ideas on how to prevent the 'Whatsapp' album from showing up in Photos, please share it.

    Now, I am going to try making the folder attribute to hidden in my PC and plug it back into the Phone. If that works, it will be good. Regardless, I will post the results here.
    06-18-2014 07:19 AM
  8. svenhassel's Avatar
    I hate this problem too! If someone sends a NSFW picture in a group, it will be displayed in my photos app!

    Sooner or later I'll go trough an embarrassing situation.
    07-08-2014 12:00 PM
  9. Richardson2's Avatar
    Agree and a MASSIVE bump. This needs sorting. If iOS can do it, why not Android? Another case of OS discrimination. The IMDB app on Android is missing features that the iOS version has! Ridiculous.
    07-14-2014 10:01 AM
  10. rluka's Avatar
    Is it possible to set that folder as Read Only from PC ?
    07-14-2014 11:02 PM
  11. kishorekumar_a's Avatar
    Is it possible to set that folder as Read Only from PC ?
    I have already tried it to set the folder attributes to hidden. The photos app just groups the Whatsapp media into 'other pictures' album (it created that one, there is no folder like that). The files are still saved in the whatsapp folder, but now it is shown in the 'other pictures' album. It has become ridiculous now. I will try to set it to 'Read only' and post the results.
    darionst likes this.
    07-15-2014 08:32 AM
  12. svenhassel's Avatar
    Agree and a MASSIVE bump. This needs sorting. If iOS can do it, why not Android? Another case of OS discrimination. The IMDB app on Android is missing features that the iOS version has! Ridiculous.
    Wrong forum dude :)
    07-16-2014 08:06 PM
  13. nehemiahjacob's Avatar
    I know this doesn't answer your question. For this reason we use Telegram. It downloads and keeps the contents with itself, Doesn't push to gallery.
    raycpl and jibiel like this.
    07-26-2015 10:40 PM
  14. jibiel's Avatar
    Yeah, I used Telegram too, until I realized that it's just a broken WhatsApp clone at the moment. Encrypted chats losing messages and I'm receiving tons of empty notifications. Apart from that it handles attachments pretty neat.
    09-24-2015 09:08 AM
  15. Akshay Thapliyal's Avatar
    I think this is what you are looking, stop WhatsApp from saving pictures to gallery. The method is available for Android and iPhone
    09-13-2017 09:48 AM

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