WhatsApp bringing document preview feature for images and videos

Also how to stop WhatsApp auto download

By: News Desk
Published: 08:49 AM, 19 Feb, 2022
WhatsApp bringing document preview feature for images and videos
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WhatsApp is testing a feature that will show a full preview of images and videos sent as a document on Android, according to a new report by WABetaInfo, a service that tracks upcoming features on the encrypted messenger. The rich document previews are currently available for PDF files, while images and videos sent as documents show no previews inside WhatsApp.

WhatsApp compresses the quality of images and videos sent over the messaging platform, therefore, many users opt to send images and videos as documents to retain the original quality of the content. The rich document preview feature has been rolled out to WhatsApp beta version on Android.

According to details, WhatsApp is planning to enable the rich document preview feature in the next few updates, which means that the update could be available in the coming weeks to a larger user base until the, the preview feature will only be available for PDF files.

The rich document preview feature on WhatsApp will allow users to preview an image or video in a similar fashion to a PDF file from side the messaging platform instead of opening it in a third-party application. WhatsApp compresses images and videos sent on the platform and using the documents feature to send these files can help retain the original quality of the content being shared.

How to stop WhatsApp auto download

It did not take long for WhatsApp to become one of the most used instant messaging apps out in the market and to be honest, there are a lot more reasons for one to start using this app than not.

Users are allowed to engage in audio or video calls, group conversations, and even professional engagement. However, one of the things many users do not like about WhatsApp is that by default, the app is set to download all the media that you receive; this goes for both audio and videos. Now, if you are not in a lot of groups or talk to a lot of people, things are fine. But if you have people sending you memes, cat videos, and more media left, right, and centre. You might start running out of storage space rather quickly.

Thankfully, WhatsApp does allow you to turn off the auto-downloading; the feature has been a staple for the longest time. However, thanks to several overhauls the app has received, it has moved its place a number of times in the settings and that can be confusing for a lot of people who are just trying to save some storage space.

Stop WhatsApp auto download

The process is rather simple and should not take much of your time but honestly, it makes the overall user experience a lot better and you do not have to go to your gallery every other day to find unwanted media just sitting there and you asking yourself when did this get here, in the first place.

Step 1: Start by opening WhatsApp.

Step 2: Once you are in the app, tap the three dots on the top right corner.

Step 3: Now tap on Settings. 

Step 4: Once you are in the new menu, the next step is to tap on Storage and data.

Step 5: in that menu, you will see an option called Media visibility. Open each of the three options, and simply untick everything.

Once you have done, you can simply go back and start using WhatsApp as you normally would. After this feature is turned off, every time someone sends you media, you will have to open the chat and manually download it.

This might seem like an unintuitive feature but it is really helpful for anyone who is trying to save their phone from the clutter that WhatsApp can cause if there are too many people sending you a lot of media.–incpak.com/wccftech.com