For many users, WhatsApp has become the main tool to communicate with friends and family. It is not only convenient but also helps you to stay in touch with contacts that live abroad without worrying about international charges. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion earlier on this year, and it continues gaining popularity across all mobile platforms
Apart from messages, you can share photos and videos through this app and these are saved by default in iOS, but you can select to avoid this. In order to stop photos and videos from auto-downloading, you can tap on the image and interrupt the download. You can also prevent photos and videos from being saved to the camera roll in case you don’t want to waste memory or because of privacy concerns.
However, there are some cases in which you may want to keep an image sent by your contacts and if you have disabled the auto-saving option, you may be wondering what to do. The good news is that is WhatsApp has access to the Photos app (Camera roll) in your iPhone, you will be able to save specific images manually. This is a practical way to ensure that you can choose the photos that are worth keeping, instead of auto-downloading every single image shared. Just follow the below steps and you will be able to save WhatsApp photos manually.
The first thing to do is to ensure that the option to allow WhatsApp to access your Photos app is enabled.
1. Go to Settings, then General
2. Select Privacy and choose Photos
3. Switch on WhatsApp
Now you will be able to save photos manually. This is how you can do it:
1. Open WhatsApp and then tap on the conversation in which the image was shared
2. Tap on the photo
3. Once the photo is open in full-mode, tap on the Share icon
4. Select Save Image, you will see that the image is marked as Saved
Keep in mind that unless WhatsApp has access to your camera roll, you will not be able to save photos there. If you are trying to save an image and WhatsApp doesn’t have access to the Photos app, you will be asked for permission and you can tap on “Allow” to grant access. The ability to save photos manually will give you more control over the memory of your device and will let you decide what images deserve to be saved.