The Media Auto-Download feature poses a couple of problems on your smartphones. The first being that this is a very quick way to unexplainably run out of your WhatsApp bundle and storage space.
The second that causes a lot of frustration is the type of media that is sometimes sent in a number of the groups you are in isn’t exactly something I want to be stored on my phone, let alone want to even see.
Finally, it chews up a data automatically downloading every video that you get sent, and you blame your Network Service Provider for that
Here is a way to turn that feature off:
Open WhatsApp and press the three dots in the top right-hand corner. Go to Settings > Data and storage usage. Go down to network usage and you’ll find some stats on how much data has been wasted downloading those random videos from your various chats.
To disable auto-downloading of media, tap “when using mobile data” under “media auto-download.” Check the kind of content you want to auto-download and switch off as necessary.
You can do the same for videos and audio files as well. If you don’t want auto-download of images, even on WiFi, tap on the “when connected to WiFi” option, and repeat the same process.
You’ll still have the option of downloading the media when it is received but you’ll need to manually tap the download button to view it.