How to Reduce WhatsApp Storage Space on iPhone and Android

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Storage management option in WhatsApp
Khamosh Pathak

WhatsApp groups can run amuck with memes and videos. All that media takes up valuable storage space on your iPhone or Android phone. Here’s how you can reduce WhatsApp storage space without deleting the app.

WhatsApp has a built-in storage management tool for both Android and iPhone. Using the tool, you can quickly see which conversation is taking up the most storage space and then go in and individually clear out different kinds of media. For instance, you can remove just the videos from a group chat.

Reduce WhatsApp Storage Space on Android

You’ll find the storage management tool in the settings section. Open the WhatsApp app on your Android smartphone and tap on the three-dot menu button.

Tap on the Menu button from the toolbar

Here, tap on the “Settings” option.

Tap on Settings from the Menu option

Now, choose the “Data and Storage Usage” listing.

Tap on Data and Storage usage option on Android

Here, you’ll see a “Storage Usage” section. It will tell you how much storage space WhatsApp is using on your Android smartphone.

Tap on Storage Usage option on Android

Once you tap on the “Storage Usage” section, you’ll see a list of all the conversations in WhatsApp, sorted by how much storage space they’re taking up. Tap on a conversation from the top of the list.

Tap on a conversation from the list on Android

You’ll now see just how many text messages, images, videos, and GIFs are associated with the conversation. Tap on the “Free Up Space” button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Tap on Free Up Space on Android

Now, tap on the checkmark next to the media type you want to delete. Next, tap on the “Delete Items” button.

Tap on Delete Items after selecting media type

From the popup, tap on the “Clear Messages” option.

Tap on Clear Messages to confirm

The messages and media will be deleted from WhatsApp storage, and you’ll get the storage space back.

Reduce WhatsApp Storage Space on iPhone

The process of reducing WhatsApp storage space on the iPhone is slightly different.

On your iPhone, open the WhatsApp app and go to the “Settings” tab. Here, tap on the “Data and Storage Usage” option.

Select Data and Storage Usage option from Settings

Now, swipe down and tap on the “Storage Usage” option.

Tap on Storage Usage option

You’ll now see a list of all WhatsApp conversations, sorted by size. Tap on a conversation to see details about its storage space usage. From the bottom of the screen, tap on the “Manage” button.

Tap on the Manage button

Now, select the media types that you want to delete.

Tap on the media type to select it

From there, tap on the “Clear” button.

Tap on the Clear button

Tap on the “Clear” button in the pop-up message once again to confirm.

Tap on the Clear button again to confirm

Now, the relevant data will be removed from WhatsApp storage, and you’ll get the storage space back. You can go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to check available storage on your iPhone.


If you use WhatsApp as your primary messaging service, you should know that you can turn off the auto-save feature for incoming media. Once you’ve cleared off the unnecessary conversations, we recommend that you disable the auto-save and auto-download features from settings. This way, you’ll save yourself from repeatedly clearing WhatsApp conversations.

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