Controlling WhatsApp Memory
WhatsApp groups are the best to keep up with gossip and have a laugh with friends. But it’s also a gutter. Surely when you open the gallery you do not know where you’ve taken so many photos of a man of color with a funny and well-endowed picture hat. Today I want to give you some advice to control what arrives for WhatsApp and that you do not crush the memory of the smartphone.
Ensure what matters
For starters we are going to do a deep cleaning of what we have on the smartphone as it has surely become a huge monster. We will ensure all the documents and multimedia files (audio, voice notes, gifs, videos and photos) that we have received or sent from the smartphone.
Here we have three options: save them in the cloud (Google Drive, One Drive, etc.), pass them to the micro SD card or save them to the computer. To copy the files to the cloud I recommend creating 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 our files (both sent and received) in the phone’s internal memory under the / WhatsApp / Media path. Here we will find several folders:
- WallPaper. It contains the wallpapers we have used for WhatsApp chats.
- WhatsApp Animated Gifs. Contains the gifs we have received and another Sent folder with the ones we have 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. It contains the photos we have used of profile photo.
- WhatsApp Video. It contains the videos we have received and another Sent folder with the ones we have sent.
- WhatsApp Voice Notes. Contains the voice notes we have received and another Sent folder with which we have sent.
Some of the uploaded files will already have them repeated in another place in the phone memory, but all the photos or videos you have made through WhatsApp or the voice notes will only be stored in these folders. So I recommend doing a backup of everything before throwing anything less.
Once you have a backup copy you can erase everything you do not need.
Delete data from WahtsApp
Once everything is in full possession, it is time to free memory. We can do this in two ways: one drastic and one less drastic.
To remove everything by one stroke, the easiest way is to delete the Media folder. In this way you will end up with everything. Do not worry about the folders because they will reappear when you receive or send any type of file.
If you want to keep some things on your device you can go folder by folder by removing the files you do not want to keep.
Warning: If you delete application data from Settings> Applications> WhatsApp> Storage> Erase data, the only thing you will delete is WhatsApp chats and login on the device. All files sent and received will remain in the phone’s internal memory.
Control what you download
The simplest way to not fill your phone’s memory with files you do not need is to control downloads. Within the WhatsApp settings in Data Usage we can choose which types of files to download automatically. Uncheck all boxes in all cases and decide, every time you receive something, whether to download it or not.
Update your backup
Now that we have everything well organized it is 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 underneath all uncheck the box to include videos.
It is also a good time to upload a fully updated backup.
How much memory has the WhatsApp files come to you?