WhatsApp has finally unveiled an easy-to-use storage management tool. This feature makes it even simpler to manage your messages, clean up cluttered inboxes, and save space on your device.
Easily Declutter Your WhatsApp Messages
WhatsApp sent out a Tweet to announce the update to its storage management feature. The app included a video in the Tweet, allowing you to see the tool in action.
The previous WhatsApp storage menu allowed you to see which chats are taking up most of your space, and let you know how many messages, GIFs, photos, and videos are in each chat.
While you were able to delete all of that storage-hogging content with barely any effort, WhatsApp still didn’t tell you what exactly you’re deleting. In other words, you were blindly deleting messages, putting important chats and photos at risk of getting thrown away.
Now, all of that is changing—WhatsApp’s new arsenal of storage tools will help you identify large files on the app and quickly delete them. And the best part is, you don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting a certain file.
To access the new storage feature, simply navigate to Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage. You’ll then be greeted with a much more organized page that makes it easy to pick and choose what you want to delete.
Your messages will be chunked into separate categories, like “Forwarded many times” or “Larger than 5MB.” The messages will also be listed according to file size, which can definitely come in handy when trying to sort through hundreds of messages.
You can browse through thumbnails of all the content that you’re deleting, assuring that you won’t erase anything of importance. Once you find content worth deleting, simply select it (or use the Select All option), and you can erase it with a simple tap.
Along with the update to the storage tool, WhatsApp also announced “disappearing” messages. This new feature can make certain conversations vanish from the app after seven days. You can toggle this feature on and off for specific chats.
This update comes after WhatsApp announced an in-chat shopping feature. When it finally gets rolled out, you’ll get to communicate and buy from merchants within WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Becomes More Modern
The addition of a more efficient storage system makes WhatsApp even easier to use. The Facebook-owned platform has a lot to compete with, including messaging apps like Telegram and Slack.
Fortunately, WhatsApp seems to be heading in the right direction. Your phone storage will definitely thank you after you clean up your WhatsApp chats.