Almost full storage space can cause a number of disturbances in using your cellphone, especially when you want to install new applications, record videos, or take photos.
Therefore, users need to be diligent in cleaning up storage or backing it up to cloud services or other devices that have more memory space.
Users also have to find out what causes the storage space on their devices to fill up quickly so that they can anticipate and solve these problems appropriately.
In general, storage space that is easily full is usually caused by applications. In addition to games that are large from the start, services such as WhatsApp can also be listed as one of the causes of this.
When newly installed, the WhatsApp application is indeed small in size. However, over time, this application can require more memory space because it stores data continuously.
What needs to be done and why the WhatsApp service storage can make the memory space on the device almost full?
Why WhatsApp Storage Makes Internal Memory Almost Full?
WhatsApp is a social media service based on a short message application that offers very complete features ranging from sending multimedia content, creating stories, to making voice and video calls.
Unfortunately, some of these features can produce a number of data which will then be automatically stored into the internal memory. For example, when sending voice notes, users can still find a copy of the file in storage.
This also applies to photos, videos, to documents. Whether sending or receiving it, a copy of the file will be automatically saved to the WhatsApp folder located on the internal memory.
On the other hand, WhatsApp also implements a daily backup system locally just in case users can restore the service if something unexpected happens. As a result, the storage space was forced to be used.
The size of the backup file that is formed is quite different depending on the series and type of user’s cellphone. Even so, it will generally accumulate over the past week so it can get bigger.
How to Overcome WhatsApp Storage that Makes Memory Almost Full
Moving Files To Another Storage
- Open File Manager on device
- Enter into the internal storage memory section
- Find and open the WhatsApp folder
- Touch the Media folder for a few seconds
- Click more options (three dots or hamburger icon depending on File Manager app) if needed
- Select menu Move
- Select SD Card
- Find a location to save data or create a new folder
- Confirm with the Done button or as appropriate
The Media folder on WhatsApp contains various files that have been downloaded or sent by users which include photos, videos, voice notes, to documents.
In addition to moving them to the SD Card, users can also back up these files to a computer or cloud service which generally has a larger storage capacity.
Deleting Multimedia Files
- Run the WhatsApp application
- Make sure to go to the Chats tab
- Click More options (three dots icon) in the top right corner
- Select the Settings option
- Go to the Storage and data section
- Tap the Manage storage menu
- Click the desired conversation
- Touch the file you want to delete for a few seconds until it is ticked
- Follow by tapping some more files if needed
- Or click Select all if you want to delete it entirely
- After that, tap the Delete button (trash can icon)
- Confirm by touching the Delete button again
- Repeat on other conversations if needed
If you have activated the option to display media to the gallery ( Media visibility ) via the Settings > Chats page in the WhatsApp application, users can delete or move files through the gallery on their cellphone.
Deleting Local Backup Files
- Access storage using the File Manager app
- Select the internal storage menu
- Find and open the WhatsApp folder
- Go to the Databases folder
- Select all backup files
- Keep the most recent files (optional)
- Delete the files
Emptying the WhatsApp Databases folder is like cleaning all the backup files. So that in the future they can still recover it, it is better for users to save the most recent data.
Users with small internal capacity phones need to repeat some of the steps above periodically. Therefore, so that it is not too frequent, users can anticipate it by turning off the automatic download option.
How to Anticipate Media File Buildup on WhatsApp
- Open the WhatsApp application’s Settings page like the previous steps
- Go to the Storage and data menu
- Change the entire Media auto-download section to the No Media option
Please note that all received media will not automatically open when changing Media auto-download to the above option. Users need to download first by tapping on the related conversation if they want to view it.