WhatsApp is not just a message app; it is one of the essential mobile App supports multiple mobile platforms with excellent features and unlimited text and media messaging. WhatsApp platform supports text, photo, audio and video messages in addition to the call function between WhatsApp users.
Even though it’s an excellent app with a lot of support for media, this may drain out your mobile data quickly. Especially when you are sending & receiving videos, messages and calls on cellular data may consume your monthly quota within few days.
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The alternative solution to save data is to open your WhatsApp only within Wi-Fi network. But this solution is not practical always, especially when you are traveling.
The best possible work out to save cellular data is to configure WhatsApp to lower the data usage. In this article, we are mentioning few points that can help you to save data usage while using WhatsApp with cellular data.
How to see WhatsApp Data Usage?
Meanwhile, if you are wondering how much data WhatsApp is consuming, you can see those itemized and total data usage in WhatsApp Network usage screen. To check the data consumed by WhatsApp, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Network Usage and see all the data usage information.
Set WhatsApp Auto Download to Wi-Fi
WhatsApp will automatically download all media messages no matter whether it is in Wi-Fi or Cellular data. This is going to use a lot of data, and you can change this feature to download media only when you are on Wi-Fi network. Open WhatsApp Settings > Chats and Calls > Media Auto Download > Images, Audio, Video > Wi-Fi
Save Data Usage in WhatsApp Calls
When you are making VoIP calls using your WhatsApp, it is going to consume your data to transfer voice data.
You can’t stop this when you are making calls using WhatsApp, but you can lower the data usage. Open WhatsApp > Settings > Chats and Calls > Under Call Settings > Low Data Usage > Turn On
Turn Off WhatsApp Chat Backup with Cellular Data
Backup to the cloud is a nice feature offer by WhatsApp. This will help you to restore all message history in case you change your phone in future. To backup, your data in cellular data is more expensive comparing with the money you pay for your limited data plan. Instead of consuming data plan to backup your data your can set your phone to perform backup only in Wi-Fi. To disable cellular data for iCloud, open iPhone Setting > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Use Cellular Data > Turn Off
Exclude WhatsApp Video Backup
WhatsApp can backup all your data into your iCloud or Google Drive including your incoming Videos. Video backup is going to consume more bandwidth and use lot of space from your backup storage.
If you are not worried much about your video messages, just turn off video backup to save bandwidth and space. You can manually save selected videos if you need to keep any videos. Open WhatsApp Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup > Include Videos > Turn Off
Stop Auto Saving of WhatsApp Incoming Media into your phone
This data saving trick is not going to save tons of data, but sometimes it is an annoying feature that is automatically saving all incoming photos and videos into your device Camera Roll / Photo Library.
To turn off this feature open WhatsApp > Settings > Chats and Calls > Save Incoming Media > Turn Off.
This helps you to efficiently use your WhatsApp while you are on cellular data by keep running essential functions on cellular data. Your WhatsApp is going to be full-featured app when you come back to Wi-Fi range and can watch incoming videos and other media files.