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How to free up WhatsApp space on iPhone and Android

The scenario is common to thousands of people every day: WhatsApp is not working wellit has slowed down and seems to have difficulty uploading conversations and downloading photos and videos, or even a message appears saying that “the storage is full”.

This happens when messages, photos and videos received and sent have occupied all the space available for storage, effectively blocking the application and making it necessary free up space on WhatsApp. To do this, follow a procedure that may vary slightly depending on the device you use: below we will explain in detail how to free up storage space on WhatsApp on Android come on iPhone.

  • How to free up space on WhatsApp on Android
  • How to free up WhatsApp space on iPhone
  • How to delete items from individual chats or empty them

How to free up space on WhatsApp on Android

The first thing to do to understand if WhatsApp is full is to check how much storage space you have available, and possibly proceed with the deletion of some elements. To do it on a android device need:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Open the “chat” tab and tap “More Options” and then “Settings”
  • Click on “Space and data” and then on “Manage space”

At the top of the screen, the space on the device used by WhatsApp Media and by Apps and other elements is displayed. At this point you can proceed with the cancellation, giving priority to videos and photos that take up a lot of space (above 5 MB) or those that have been forwarded many times.

It is good to keep in mind that if you delete an item, it will be deleted from the WhatsApp media but it could stay saved in the gallery of the device, still taking up space. In that case, to permanently delete it, it is also necessary to delete it from the gallery. It is also possible that the same item (photo or video) has been sent or received on different WhatsApp chats, and therefore all copies must be deleted.

Given these premises, however delete items on WhatsApp it is necessary:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Open the “chat” tab and tap “More Options” and then “Settings”
  • Click on “Space and data” and then on “Manage space”
  • At this point you can choose three options: click on “Forwarded many times”, on “Over 5 MB”, or select a specific chat.

Once the desired option has been selected, you can:

  • Delete all items by tapping on “Select all” to delete all items at once
  • Delete individual items by tapping and holding the item you want to delete. You can then select other items to delete multiple items at the same time.
  • Once you have selected the items you want to delete, all that remains is to tap “Delete”, also selecting “Delete copies” to delete the copies as well, as mentioned above.

To free up space on WhatsApp is also possible search for items to delete between photos or videos sent or received and downloaded in all chats. To do this, you need to follow this procedure:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • In the “Chat” tab, select “search” accompanied by the magnifying glass
  • Tap “Photos”, “Videos” or “Documents”
  • Tap the item you want to delete
  • Tap “More” and then “Delete”
  • You can also delete all the media present in the chat, without selecting them one by one, by clicking on “Delete media in this chat”

How to free up WhatsApp space on iPhone

Even in the case of the iPhone you can see how much space does WhatsApp take on your phone and delete some items to free up the storage space. To do it you have to

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Select “Settings”
  • Select “Space and data” and then “Manage space”. The amount of space occupied will be shown at the top of the screen

At this point it is possible to proceed in several ways to free up space on WhatsApp. Again, if you choose to delete an item, it will be deleted from the WhatsApp media files but may still be saved on your device. If you have multiple copies of an item, you need to delete all copies to free up space. Having said that, to free up WhatsApp space on the iPhone you need to:

  • Go to the WhatsApp settings.
  • Touch Space and data> Manage space.
  • Tap “Over 5 MB”, “Forwarded many times” or select a specific chat.
  • At this point you can select all the elements by touching “Select all”, or delete individual elements by touching the element you want to delete and proceeding with all of them. If you proceed with the deletion via selected, you can also choose to delete any copies as well.
  • Tap “Delete” choosing between “Delete all but important” or “Delete all”.

You can also proceed deleting items via search. To do this, you need to:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • In the Chat tab, click on the search bar with the magnifying glass
  • Tap “Photos”, “Videos” or “Documents”
  • All the photos or videos or documents on your phone will then be displayed
  • Select the items you want to delete
  • Select “Delete”.

Delete videos and photos from individual WhatsApp chats

It is also possible to free up space on WhatsApp deleting elements that take up space from individual chats. To do this, simply:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Select the chat you want to delete content from
  • Click on the contact’s name at the top of the screen
  • Select “Media, links and documents”
  • At this point, a screen will open showing photos and videos in chronological order (from the most recent to the oldest)
  • By clicking on “select” it is possible to select the contents that you want to delete
  • By clicking on the recycle bin the selected items are deleted

Also pay attention to archived chats, which can contain videos and photos that weigh down the app and make WhatsApp slower by taking up space on the device. If the archived chats are no longer needed in any way, you can free up space by emptying the chat entirely. So here are the steps for empty a WhatsApp chat:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Access archived chats, indicated at the top of the screen
  • Select the chat you want to empty
  • Click on the contact name
  • Select from the screen that appears “Empty chat” and confirm