People are just now noticing five hidden WhatsApp settings changes that can save you money instantly

Chances are WhatsApp is one of your most used apps – and probably also uses the most data.

All those videos, GIFs and images eat up your pocket money pretty quickly, not to mention the WhatsApp video or audio calls.

A simple change saves the data immediately


A simple change saves the data immediately

This increases the likelihood that you’ll have to buy more data to get you through the month, which doesn’t exactly come cheap.

Luckily, WhatsApp has some underused settings that might save you from using up tons of data too quickly.

And it only takes 30 seconds to turn on.

So why not give it a chance?

How to save data on WhatsApp

The first way to save data on WhatsApp is to change the download settings.

You can instruct WhatsApp to only download certain files when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

So when you’re out and about, things like photos won’t show up until you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

That can be annoying at times, but if you’re out and about you’re likely to stumble upon free Wi-Fi somewhere that you can quickly connect to to download whatever you want to watch sooner rather than later.

You can change media auto download settings for four types of data: photos, audio, video, and documents.

To optimize them, first open WhatsApp and go to Ideas.

Tap on storage and data.

Each category is listed under the Automatic Media Download heading.

Select each one and choose Wireless Internet access.

How to use less data for calls on WhatsApp

If you like using your WhatsApp to make phone calls, that will also use up a lot of data.

It’s probably better to use your network minutes instead.

But that may not always be the case – perhaps you have family abroad, then WhatsApp is the significantly cheaper option.

WhatsApp has an option that uses less data when making calls, which you should turn on.

Go back to storage and data book page.

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Seek Use less data for calls and toggle the switch to “On”.

WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users worldwide


WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users worldwide

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Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Jake Nichol joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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