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How to Cleanup WhatsApp Storage on iPhone?

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WhatsApp is an excellent chat app, and I’m using this app instead of iOS Message for my business and personal communication. Whenever I get a painful popup “Your iPhone Storage is Full” warning, the first thing I suspect my iPhone videos and WhatsApp memory consumption will be the one after iPhone videos, using most of my iPhone memory. Most of the WhatsApp users have a misconception that WhatsApp images and videos are saving on WhatsApp servers and not using iPhone memory. Unfortunately, WhatsApp is utilizing your iPhone memory for every chat, texts, images, videos and other files you transferred through this chat.

Let’s have a look, how to clean up WhatsApp memory on iPhone that can free up Gigabytes on your iPhone.

Check iPhone Current Storage

Before you start, let’s have a look at the current usage of iPhone. Go to iPhone Settings > General> iPhone Storage > Wait for few seconds for IOS to collect the usage.

Free Storage iPhone

You can see iPhone Apps are utilizing a significant part of my 64GB iPhone memory. As you know, iPhone apps are taking memory in MBs for the App itself. Rest of the memory is using for saving the data related to that particular app.

Related: 5 Solutions to Lower WhatsApp Data Usage on iPhone & Android

Check WhatsApp Memory Usage

On the iPhone Storage Screen, scroll down to see the app section and find out the apps using the memory. You can see the apps listed based on the memory usage. Over there, on my iPhone, you can see WhatsApp Storage Usage that is more than 5GB. You can tap on the app to check further and see the App Size is only 97MB and the rest of the iPhone storage space stolen by WhatsApp data, that is the attached WhatsApp photos, videos, and other files.

WhatsApp Storage iPhone

The problem here, you may have a lot of communication history and data you want to keep for your business. You may have precious family videos and photos you shared, that you can’t imagine losing them.

Don’t worry, WhatsApp is offering an excellent feature to view all your data storage in details, and you can delete based on the group or the individual that consumed most of the iPhone memory. Let us see how much WhatsApp group and individual chat consumed the memory from iPhone.

WhatsApp Storage Usage Details

Open WhatsApp on iPhone and go to WhatsApp Settings > Storage Usage > See Groups& Individual usage on the next screen. You can select the group or individual chat from this WhatsApp Storge Usage screen and clean up the files from this screen itself.

Related: How to Create WhatsApp Group Invite Link and Share to add Members.

Clean WhatsApp Storage Space

Just for the sake of screenshot, I used the group “ELEKTRONO” from my WhatsApp Storage Usage Screen. Tap on this Screen > Open The Group SCreen > tap on Manage.. > Now Select the files to delete > Tap on Clear to Confirm.

WhatsApp Storage Clean

Now you can see the last screenshot that is consuming Zero KB for Photos, GIFs, and Videos after cleaning WhatsApp storage.

Also read: Easy trick on iPhone Message to Clean Up Photos and Videos

Delete WhatsApp Data from Chat Window

Alternatively, you can clean up WhatsApp storage from chat window itself. Open any chat Windows, tap on the header, and scroll down. Now you see an option for Clear Chat. Tap on Clear Chat, and you will get an option to Delete all except starred or Delete all messages.

WhatsApp Group Clear Storage

If you want to keep any messages, you can star them from the chat window and select the first option to keep all Stared chats on your WhatsApp. This option to keep Stred messages is not available when you clean WhatsApp from storage Usage Window.

Stop Save To Camera Roll

This is an additional setting we recommend to save storage space on iPhone, To see this setting, open WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Save to Camera Roll > Turn Off. If you turn this on, WhatsApp automatically downloads a copy of all media files from WhatsApp to your iPhone Camera Roll, that uses your iPhone memory and also the internet data.

Cleanup WhatsApp Memory on iPhone

Now, it’s your turn to clean up iPhone memory. Go and check the setting and decide what groups and individual chats you want to clean up on WhatsApp storage and start working to clean up iPhone Storage. Even though this is a time-consuming job, but the result is a clean, free memory iPhone that can perform better than before.


  1. Hello Steve, I used the same procedure on my iphone, however the database size in the iphone storage does not change!! it remains the same size after cleanup (Documents & Data). The size of the data inside whatsapp does change and looks OK. I don’t get this. It looks like the data is not removed but changed to not invisible. I reported this to the whatsapp helpdesk but they don’t respond up to now (1 week ago).
    Do you have a clue?


  2. I have The same problem , i have 1,1GB on The chats but it shows 4,6 GB being used for WhatsApp , as if All
    I have deleted remains In The iPhone memory

  3. Sometimes you log onto WhatsApp and you find out that all your chats, pictures, videos and status has been cleared learn how to avoid this < Here

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