How to Reduce WhatsApp Storage Space on iPhone and Android

Storage management option in WhatsApp
Khamosh Pathak

WhatsApp groups can work with memes and videos. All of these media take up valuable storage space on your iPhone or Android phone. Here’s how to reduce WhatsApp storage without removing the app.

WhatsApp has an integrated storage management tool for Android and iPhone. Using the tool, you can quickly see which conversation takes up the most storage space, then enter and erase different types of media individually. For example, you can only delete videos from a group chat.

Reduce WhatsApp storage space on Android

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

Press the Menu button on the toolbar

Here, tap on the “Settings” option.

Tap Settings in the Menu option

Now choose the “Data and storage usage” list.

Tap on the data usage and storage option on Android

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

Tap the option to use storage on Android

Once you hit the “Storage Usage” section, you’ll see a list of all the conversations in WhatsApp, sorted by the storage space they occupy. Tap a conversation at the top of the list.

Tap a conversation in the list on Android

You will now see how many text messages, images, videos and GIFs are associated with the conversation. Press the “Free up space” button in the lower right corner of the screen.

Tap Free up space on Android

Now tap the check mark next to the type of media you want to delete. Then press the “Delete items” button.

Tap Delete items after selecting the media type

In the pop-up window, tap the “Delete messages” option.

Press Clear messages to confirm

Messages and media will be deleted from WhatsApp storage, and you will recover the storage space.

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 application and go to the “Settings” tab. Here, tap on the “Data and Storage Usage” option.

Select the Data and storage usage option in Settings

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

Tap the storage usage option

You will now see a list of all WhatsApp conversations, sorted by size. Tap a conversation to see the details of its storage usage. At the bottom of the screen, press the “Manage” button.

Press the Manage button

Now select the types of media you want to delete.

Tap the media type to select it

From there, press the “Clear” button.

Press the Clear button

Press the “Delete” button again in the popup message to confirm.

Press the Clear button again to confirm

From now on, the relevant data will be deleted from WhatsApp storage and you will recover the storage space. You can go to Settings> General> iPhone Storage to check available storage on your iPhone.


If you are using WhatsApp as your primary messaging service, you should know that you can turn off automatic recording function for incoming media. Once you have deleted unnecessary conversations, we recommend that you deactivate the automatic recording and automatic downloading functions in the settings. In this way, you will avoid repeatedly erasing WhatsApp conversations.

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