WhatsApp is the most used mobile messaging app in the world. It allows users to send videos and photos. If you don’t know how to save photos from WhatsApp, this post will help you out no matter you are using Android devices or iPhones.

This post will walk you through the steps of how to save pictures from WhatsApp and how to stop WhatsApp from saving photos.

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How to Save Pictures from WhatsApp on Android

By default, WhatsApp will automatically save the photos you receive in your gallery. Just open the chat, tap the photo you want to save and the photo will be saved on your phone.

To find the saved photos on your Android phone, open the Gallery app and find the WhatsApp Images folder. Then you will see all the photos you’ve downloaded from WhatsApp.

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If you disable the Media auto-download feature, photos will not be automatically saved on your phone. So how to save pictures from WhatsApp on Android manually?

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the conversation that contains the picture you want to save.
  • Open the picture and click the three dots at the top right.
  • Choose View in gallery, click the three dots and tap Save. Or select the option Share and tap the email app to send the photo to your own email address.
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How to Save Video from WhatsApp (Phone/Computer)

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How to Save Pictures from WhatsApp on iPhone

There are two ways of how to download photos from WhatsApp on iPhone.

Option 1. How to Save Pictures from WhatsApp on iPhone Automatically

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to Settings > Chats and turn on the Save to Camera Roll.

Step 3. Then you need to give WhatsApp permission to access the Photos app. Open the Settings app and tap on Privacy.

Step 4. Choose the Photos app and select WhatsApp.

Step 5. Check Read and Write.

Option 2. How to Save Pictures from WhatsApp on iPhone Manually

Step 1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat that contains the picture you wish to download.

Step 2. Tap and hold the picture and choose Save.

Step 3. Then the picture will be saved to your iPhone’s camera roll.

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How to Stop WhatsApp From Saving Photos

Does WhatsApp automatically save photos on your Android phone? How to stop WhatsApp from saving photos? Follow the below steps:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp.

Step 2. Click the three dots (the menu button) and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Click on Data and storage usage. Then disable the auto-download for photos.

Tap the following options “When using mobile data” “When connected on Wi-Fi” “When roaming” and uncheck Photos to prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading photos.


Now, you’ve learned how to automatically and manually save pictures from WhatsApp. Now, open WhatsApp on your phone and download the photos you want to save from WhatsApp.

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