Prevent WhatsApp from saving images and videos to your reel


If you are still faithful to WhatsApp and carry out your conversations with this tool, you may have the typical friend who keeps sending you funny photos and videos, at the moment they may cause you to laugh, but they are stored in your iPhone photo reel and, little by little, leaving you without space for the images that really interest you.

Once we have installed WhatsApp on our iPhone, the application automatically establishes a series of default values, values ​​that in most cases are not to our liking and we are forced to change. One of the most annoying aspects that we find natively in WhatsApp is that of automatic saving of videos and photos on our reel.

Surely many of you find yourself in a group of friends, family, associations, school groups ... in which a large number of videos and images are shared. 99% of the content that is shared in this group is likely to we are not interested in keeping it, it is still stored on our reel.

Fortunately, WhatsApp allows us to configure the application to deactivate the automatic saving of images and videos on our reel. This option, which should be enabled natively, allows us to select what type of content we want to store on our reel.

The automatic saving function of WhatsApp not only use storage space on the device, but also use your mobile data rate. Both are good reasons to limit this option.

The It is very simple and if you don't like it, you can always accept saving these steps again.

Disable automatically save photos and videos on iPhone

First of all, before performing this action, we must bear in mind that when deactivating the automatic saving of photos and videos on the iPhone does not affect only groups, but also to the conversations we have with other people, whether with our father, mother, partner, son, friend ...

If we want to prevent our terminal is flooded with photos and videos of the nonsense that are shared in WhatsApp groups where we are, we must perform the following steps:

Avoid auto-saving WhatsApp photos and videos to reel

  • First of all, once we have opened WhatsApp, we go to the option of Configuration, located in the lower right corner of the application.
  • Then click on Chats
  • Within the Chats menu, we have at our disposal different options. Of all the available ones we must deactivate the switch Save to Photos.

In this way, once we have deactivated this switch, all the photos and videos that you send us will not be automatically stored on our reel. If we want to store them, we will have to follow the following steps:

Save WhatsApp Photos and Videos to Reel

  • Once we are in the photograph that we want to save, we click on it so that is displayed full screen.
  • Next, click on the button Share, located in the lower left corner.
  • From the different options shown, we select Save. In this way, the image or video of that WhatsApp chat will be stored on our reel.

How to save WhatsApp photos to another folder

Save WhatsApp photos to another folder

iOS, unlike Android, put each and every one of the images in the same bag that end up on the reel of our device, something that can be good or bad depending on the use we make of our terminal and whether or not we like to have the photographs well ordered.

While on Android, WhatsApp photos and videos are stored in the WhatsApp folderIn iOS, all the images are stored in the same folder, the only option to be able to differentiate them from the rest is to use the album with the name of WhatsApp that the application automatically creates when we install it.

Once we are inside the WhatsApp album, we will find all the photos and videos that we have received through the messaging application, which allows us to carry out actions with them jointly how to delete them, share them, change them from album ...

Extract WhatsApp Photos from iPhone to PC


If you want to make a backup copy of all the images and videos of your device to save them on the computer or an external storage system, we have at our disposal different methods to do it.

By not storing WhatsApp photos in separate folders, but in albums that are created automatically when adding a tag to the photo, We cannot connect our iPhone to the PC and copy that folder or album in question.

Fortunately we have at our disposal different methods to be able to share the images of the WhatsApp album with us to be able to download it on our PC as with other people. However, in this article we only show you the fastest way and completely free to be able to do so, since the applications that offer us this function are always paid.

Transfer WhatsApp Photos and Videos to PC

If we use the iCloud storage service, the process is much faster, since all the photos and videos are already available in iCloud. To be able to access them through iCloud and download them to our computer, we just have to follow these steps:

  • We head to the WhatsApp album where are all the photos and videos that we want to share.
  • Next, click on the button Share located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  • Finally we click on the option Copy link from iCloud. A link will be created similar to this

This link that will be available for a month to download and which can be accessed by anyone, since it is not necessary to log in at any time to access it.

Extract WhatsApp Photos from iPhone to PC

Through that link, which we can send it by mail, we can access all the photos and videos of WhatsApp that are inside the WhatsApp album.

If we do not have contracted iCloud space

If we do not have contracted storage space in iCloud, beyond the 5 GB that it offers us for free, this process is much slower, since our device will be in charge of uploading to iCloud all the images that we have previously selected, which depending on the number they are and the internet connection we have, can last more or less time.

The only limitation that we find if we do not have free storage space contracted with iCloud is that we can only share files and videos from our reel that in total do not exceed 200 MB.

WhatsApp has become the most used messaging platform around the world (although it is not the best for this reason, Telegram being the messaging application that offers us the most added value) and it was the main culprit that SMS ceased to be a very profitable means of communication for telephone operators, especially each end of year, in which millions of text messages were sent.

But WhatsApp has not only become the main means of communication for the more than 1.500 million users who use it daily, but it has also become the main way to share both images and videos quickly and easily, videos that if we are not careful always end up on our reel. We hope that with our tutorial the steps to follow to prevent WhatsApp from saving images and videos to your reel.

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  1.   The Jewish Bear said

    Fuck. What a novelty. Of course this page every day offers better articles. Note the irony ...

  2.   hichi75 said

    At first, I thought the same thing, but then I remembered the sports newspapers, which have to come out every morning full of news, even if there is no news ... Anyway, maybe someone still didn't know it and was very happy

  3.   joker said

    Really Carmen, this would be a joke right?
    At this point and that you contribute that "bullshit" of information, it is not worthy to publish an article.
    Between Cristina and now you ... something is failing on this website !!

    1.    Carmen rodriguez said

      This website gives news about iPhone, usually current affairs, but there are those who enter because they have just bought an iPhone and start with the normal applications and curiosities of a newcomer. By this I mean that I am glad that you know it, but not everyone does it and nobody on this blog writes for a single reader, but for a community in which there will be those who need this information and who do not.
      As for the separation of the sexes, it is tiresome that you are always criticizing the girls when we have won the position here next to the other male companions, this comment says more about you than about the web.
      Greetings and as always, thanks for commenting.

      1.    Reyes said

        jorker has not made a sexist comment, he has simply told the truth. That you and Cristina are the worst copywriters has nothing to do with sex, that's a coincidence. Carmen, don't worry, no one is discussing the place you have earned among men.

      2.    jveiga said

        Hi carmen. I would like to know why you cannot generate a software so that iPhones save WhatsApp photos in a different folder from the photos that one takes with the iPhone's own camera. What is the reason?.

  4.   Jesus said

    For me it is great news, because look that I have searched online for options to not have the dirty photos that they usually send you by Whatsaap and they go directly to the reel and of course when you try to show a normal photo you have to go fighting them

  5.   Josevr said

    what a bullshit of aritculo ...

  6.   Frogmen said

    Well, it has helped me, since I did not know him. Thanks.

  7.   Elkin gomez perez said

    Thanks for the information, I already knew it but I know that there are many users who are new or not with so much experience in iOS that for them this article will be very useful. For those who are bothered or already knew or are not interested in the article ... Please ... DO NOT READ IT AND SO AVOID LOSING YOUR VALUABLE TIME ... We must respect the time and dedication of all the people who publish articles on this website and do not make comments that are rude, sexist, unpleasant or that do not serve to improve this great page.

    1.    Noe said

      If you really do not know this option, it is because you have never used WhatsApp. or you have never had a smartphone that is capable of running WhatsApp Since this option is available both in iOs, Android, BB, WP, Nokia ...

  8.   CesarGT said

    Good Article, for those who did not know, already know and for those who do, confirm it ...

    Let's remember the basics, this is a website dedicated to the iPhone, anything that has to do with it, basic or experienced, you will see it hanging around here ...

    Not all are experts, not all are old users, respect so that they are happy ...

  9.   josegv said

    Those who like to criticize the work of another, because they do not make their own WEB page, write what is supposed to be interesting and novel, look for someone to host them that avoids a lot of junk advertising, that has better visual quality and is to the taste of "EVERYBODY". Ahhhh, do not forget the comments section and do not accept grumbling criticism of the writers or simple excuses for bad writing.

  10.   Condemor said

    In this case, it is not bad that from time to time these types of articles are put, because as Carmen says not everyone is a crack with the iPhone and nothing happens to remember or teach some things, which being obvious to some, it can help others

  11.   Sergio said

    To all the Negative Ball who criticize here that Women write pure Chorreadas that scrubs do by entering this Post Llegenle and not MMEN.

  12.   Aitor said

    First in title it is incorrect or vague. The way you say, you don't avoid saving photos on your reel, because you don't really get to download them, until you personally give the video / photo individually to download. But once this is done, it saves them on the reel anyway.
    And as for the news, you are always late, copying and pulling in a bad way as a translator ... For example, the game Nacho is talking about has been in the store for at least a week. About the Behavior Recognition Server, 4 days ago I read it in appleinsider… .etc, etc

    1.    Aitor said

      Excuse me, the game is not from at least a week ago, it is from 17/7. Sorry.

      1.    Javier said

        Well, well, Aitor, now you go and screw it up, if in this life you can't go loud because then what happens happens.

        1.    Aitor said

          And what happened? Isn't it true that that game is from last week? I saw the review of that game last week as well. Which does not mean that 7 days have elapsed, nothing more, I just wanted to clarify. Largemouth? Lower the vine.

  13.   Nacho said

    Hello Aitor, since you mentioned me in your comment, I will try to answer you. The analysis of applications is not current, it is about being able to highlight apps and games that are in the App Store regardless of how long they have been in it. When we try to analyze an exclusivity, we indicate so, the rest does not have to be.

    What's more, I personally like to pull the newspaper library and from time to time highlight some old glory that is no longer in the rankings and because of its quality, it deserves to be remembered for those users who did not know it at the time.

    I said, do not expect me to analyze applications that have just arrived in the App Store because except in rare occasions or very specific cases, that is not going to happen. Our work is informative and that of grouping news related to the iPhone and its environment, not everyone has an RSS feed with 25 sources to be informed of every second. We have that in a minority even if it seems the opposite to you.

    A greeting!

    1.    Aitor said

      Hello, first of all, let them know that I respect and admire their work. I'm not trying to be in bad taste, or a troll, a hater, or anything like that. Of course, you have to try before doing any review whatever the article in question. It is also true that not all users know each and every one of the functionalities of their terminal, and for that we are here and you are.

      It is not a destructive criticism, but for example, in this same article you find something written such that: «…, this does not mean that you can keep saving them manually.», Can I explain myself? It is incompressible.
      On the old news, idem, totally in agreement in rescuing "old glories", it is necessary to know where we come from, so to speak.

      1.    Nacho said

        It is clear Aitor, I perfectly understand your position and constructive criticism is always well received. I just wanted to clarify a little more our way of working and the fact is that although we try to be very fast, sometimes due to lack of time, schedules (many news catch us sleeping in Spain) or simply organization, things take a little longer to appear published. All the best!

  14.   joker said

    Hello again, Carmen, as you well say, there are people who are new to the IOS and iPhone operating system but what Noe says is very true, this is not an IOS option alone since this is already implemented in most platforms and it is not new or relevant.
    Can you imagine making an article explaining how to remove the last time online or something similar, you make us idiots by publishing these things and I don't think most users are.

    If you have made a mistake when publishing it, nothing happens, just acknowledging it is enough and the topic is over.

    Now another thing that I am seeing very often in the publication of articles, the complaint for not putting the source from where you copy, retouch and paste the publications.
    I honestly do not believe myself and I put for example, that a Chinese who works in Foxconn, filters some images and sends it precisely to you.
    What you do is wrong, since you plagiarize the content of some websites and publish it here, that in my town is called stealing the work of others.
    Every reputable website puts the content of the source, if not people, as some users say, fall into the error of thinking that it is yours.
    Taking the merit of another is not fair, let's be more humble and do not forget that things well done always appear and the truth only has one way.

    1.    Manu said

      Zas en toda la boca!!

  15.   miriam said

    hello, the truth was this explanation was useful to me but half, they just gave me an iphone and the truth is that I always had a galaxy, so I don't know how to use it, but in the galaxy the camera photos were kept in a folder , Facebook in another and wassap in another, so if someone sent something with sexual content and I was showing photos that I took with my camera to a family member, I would not see photos that they had sent me. the iphone keeps it all together. So I wanted to know if there is a way for the photos to be automatically saved in different folders?

  16.   Cami said

    Good afternoon, is there currently an option to save them without being 1 in 1? because 1 by 1 if I get the option to save on reel but if I select several it won't let me.

  17.   light said

    Good morning, a question, for a while now I can't save an image from the application to the phone, I click on the figurine in the upper right and it just throws me the option to share on face, what do I do?

  18.   zulafornaguera said

    It served me !!!!! Thank you !!! =)))

  19.   fran said

    thanks to me it has served me well !!

  20.   Lorenzo said

    I am looking for how to not save the photos on the reel because I did not know, and this article is taught, stop throwing bad comments and read only what interests you, friends. Thank you Carmen for your answer! Bss

  21.   Hector said

    Thank you for posting it. It helped me a lot. I do not understand negative comments or criticisms for something good. We must have a better attitude if we want to change the world with our generation.

  22.   jveiga said

    For when the tel. Will iPhone be able to save photos from wasap messages and photos generated by its own camera in different folders?

  23.   Lazaro said

    Thank you very much, this publication was very useful to me. Greetings;