WhatsApp now allows you to easily clean the storage consumed by spam
WhatsApp is implementing a redesigned storage management tool to remove junk messages. This tool was discovered online earlier this year. The new storage management tool helps WhatsApp users identify, review and delete content in bulk to free up storage capacity on their phones. The tool also makes it easy to detect and delete unnecessary files that have been forwarded or shared multiple times using the instant messaging application. The redesigned storage management tool to be rolled out to WhatsApp users around the world this week will also offer various cleaning tips.
How to use the WhatsApp storage management tool
Once the tool is deployed on your phone, you can access the redesigned storage management tool by entering Settings > Storage and data > Manage storage in WhatsApp.
Previously, WhatsApp included only the chats in the ‘Storage usage’ section through which users could free up space on their phones. However, the new change renews that experience by providing a completely new interface with a dedicated bar to show how much storage WhatsApp multimedia content consumes, along with other applications. There is also a dedicated option to view media files that are forwarded many times through the application. This helps to easily detect and clean unnecessary forwarded files.
The redesigned Storage Management Tool also lists files that are larger than 5MB. Also, you can sort files by size and preview them before deleting. The redesign preserves the existing chat list from where you can detect the threads that consume the most storage.
Furthermore, WhatsApp has provided a way to notify users directly via a message at the top of their chats when their storage space is almost full. Users can tap on that message to quickly access the redesigned storage management tool.
The first signs of the redesigned storage management tool were seen in june when WhatsApp was seen adding specific options to delete large files and forwarded content. However, the Facebook-owned company was seen adding more updates to the “Storage Usage” section in August. The redesigned storage management tool too reached WhatsApp beta version for the final test at the end of September.
Since WhatsApp is not limited to high-end or mid-range smartphones with more storage and is being used even on entry-level devices, the new update is likely to help solve storage problems for the masses. You can also help the app to preserve its user base as some users often complain that it causes performance issues on their phones, mainly affecting their phones’ internal storage.