WhatsApp groups are the best way to stay up to date with gossip and laugh with friends. But they’re also a morralla strainer.
I’m sure when you open the gallery you don’t even know where you’ve taken so many pictures of things you don’t even remember.
That’s why we’re going to give you some tips so that you control what comes through WhatsApp and that it doesn’t crush your smartphone’s memory.
Secures what matters
To start we will do a deep cleaning of what we have on the smartphone, as it has surely become a huge monster.
We will secure all documents and multimedia files (audio, voice notes, gifs, videos and photos) that we have received or sent from the smartphone.
To copy the files to the cloud I recommend you to create a compressed file that is easier to upload. To pass the data to a computer we have several options with or without cable.
WhatsApp stores all of our files (both sent and received) in the phone’s internal memory under the /WhatsApp/Media path. Here we will find several folders:
- WallPaper. Contains the wallpapers we used for WhatsApp chats.
- WhatsApp Animated Gifs. It contains the gifs we’ve received and another Sent folder with the ones we’ve sent.
- WhatsApp Audio. It contains the audios (mp3 files with songs or jokes) that we have received and another Sent folder with which we have sent.
- WhatsApp Documents. It contains the documents (Word, Excel, PDF, etc) we have received and another Sent folder with which we have sent.
- WhatsApp Images. It contains the photos and images we have received and another Sent folder with which we have sent.
- WhatsApp Profile Photos. Contains the photos we used from profile photo.
- WhatsApp Video. It contains the videos we’ve received and another Sent folder with the ones we’ve sent.
- WhatsApp Voice Notes. It contains the voice memos we’ve received and another Sent folder we’ve sent with.
Some of the sent files will already be repeated elsewhere in the phone memory, but any photos or videos you have taken through WhatsApp or voice memos will only be stored in these folders. So I recommend backing up everything before I miss anything.
Once you have a backup you can delete everything you don’t need.
Delete data from WhatsApp
Once everything is safe, it’s time to free up your memory. We can do it in two ways: one drastic and one less drastic.
The easiest way to remove everything at once is to delete the Media folder. In this way you will end everything directly. Don’t worry about the folders because they’ll reappear when you receive or send any kind of file.
If you want to keep some things on your device you can go folder by folder deleting the files you don’t want to keep.
Warning: If you delete the application data from Settings > Applications > WhatsApp > Storage > Delete data, the only thing you will delete are the chats and WhatsApp login on the device. All sent and received files will remain in the phone’s internal memory.
Control what you download
The easiest way to avoid filling your phone’s memory with files you don’t need is to control your downloads.
Within the WhatsApp settings under Data Usage we can choose which file types to automatically download.
Uncheck all the boxes in all cases and decide, each time you receive something, whether to download it or not.
Upgrade your backup
Now that everything is well organized, it’s time to update our automatic backup of WhatsApp chats.
As we already have a local copy of all the multimedia files we will avoid uploading the videos. Go to Settings > Chats > Backup and at the bottom uncheck the include videos box.
It’s also a good time to upload a fully updated backup in the process.