If you spend a lot of time chatting on your phone, chances are much of its storage will be occupied by pictures and videos sent by friends and family over the years. Right now, WhatsApp is making it easier to free up storage right from the app.
WhatsApp already has basic functionality to delete stored media, but now you have official data management rights. If you go to WhatsApp> Settings> Storage & Data> Storage Management, you will be greeted with a new interface that categorizes items by size and allows you to preview files before deleting them. You can then select multiple items to delete, while keeping the files you want to keep.
The new feature will also divide media into two categories: files larger than 5MB and files that have been “forwarded many times”. Furthermore, WhatsApp will now also show an alert when your phone is running low on storage, prompting you to delete some media files.
I appreciate this feature. Although I was quite diligent in clearing the storage on my phone in the first place, I had to help my parents do it many times because of all the WhatsApp messages they sent; It’s great that this feature is built right into the app.
The new functionality will roll out to WhatsApp users globally this week.
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Published November 4, 2020 – 01:59 UTC