WhatsApp allows you to change the media settings for each chat. You can also change media settings for all chats or turn off the auto-download option for chats. By default, when you download a media file, it is automatically saved to your phone's gallery, considering the reason why the files you share on WhatsApp impact your storage space.
The media visibility option is turned on by default. This feature only affects new media that gets downloaded after the feature is turned on or off and does not apply to older media. Here's how you can change media settings on WhatsApp
How to change auto download on WhatsApp?
If you don't want WhatsApp to automatically download pictures or videos you receive on the messaging app, you can change that. One just has to go to the Settings section and then go to the 'Storage and data' option.
Tap on the “When using mobile data” option and tick mark on Photos, Audios, Videos, and Documents. Once done, not all photos, videos, or everything else will be downloaded automatically and you will have to tap on the download button.
This setting only works when you are using your mobile data. If you want the same settings for Wi-Fi, you can uncheck everything in the 'When connected on WiFi' option.
How to change the 'media visibility' setting for a chat?
WhatsApp also allows you to change the media visibility settings for each chat. If you don't want to see photos or videos from a certain group or chat, you can change it and save some storage space on your phone. Just go to anyone's profile and you will see the option of Media Visibility. Tap on it and tick the 'No' option.
How to View/Change Default Media Settings on WhatsApp?
If you want to have the same media setting for all chats, you can change it in the Settings section. Once you open the Settings section, find 'Chats' and tap on it. After that, simply disable the Media Visibility option.