If you use the WhatsApp iPhone app, then you probably already know that it can take up a lot of storage. It’s a real resource hog, and before you know it, you might be staring at a pop-up message on your phone, informing you that your storage is full. Having full storage can cause all sorts of issues for course. For example, it can make it difficult to update when you need to.
Since letting WhatsApp’s data grow too much can cause all of these problems, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much storage the app is using. It’s also suggested to delete private data from WhatsApp regularly to avoid privacy leak.
Two Ways to Check WhatsApp Storage Usage on iPhone
There are two main ways to keep an eye on your WhatsApp storage:
1. Via Settings
You can go into your settings on your iPhone and view how much storage individual apps are taking up.
- On Versions before iOS 11: Just go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage, then go to Manage Storage under the Storage section.
- On iOS 11 and later: Just go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
In there, you will see your apps listed in order of how much storage they use.
2. Inside WhatsApp
You can also check the amount of storage you’re using through the WhatsApp app itself. In WhatsApp, swipe down to go into the settings. Then go to Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Storage Usage, and you will see a detailed list of which conversations are taking up the most space.
Manually Reduce WhatsApp Storage on Your iPhone
You can do this in a few direct ways:
A. Uninstall and Reinstall the App
Usually, since this will erase all of your data associated with the app, you will be starting off fresh. This will greatly reduce the storage space it takes up on your iPhone. You can uninstall the app by going into your Settings.
B. Delete WhatsApp Chats
You can also just delete your WhatsApp chats selectively. Do this by going to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats, then tap Clear All Chats or Delete All Chats.
C. Delete WhatsApp Attachments
In general, what’s taking up all the room are the attachments, more than the conversations themselves. If you want to delete large attachments, you can simply go into the WhatsApp application and tap on any conversation. Find the attachment you want to delete from the conversation and tap on the left side of the attachment. Now you can select the media you want to delete and then tap the trash can to get rid of them.
You can also tap Contact on the main WhatsApp screen, choose one of your contacts, and tap Media, Link & Docs to see all of the media associated with that contact. You can look through the content and delete what you want from there.
How to Permanently Delete WhatsApp Chats on iPhone
If you’re worried about your privacy and you don’t want people to be able to access your conversations after deleting them, manually deleting in the ways that we mentioned above won’t be enough. Using recovery software, it’s possible for people to snoop on your conversations.
So if you want enhanced privacy, it’s a good idea to permanently clean out your WhatsApp conversations and attachments with iMyFone WhatsApp Cleaner Win/Mac. It can promise to remove your WhatsApp data from your phone without change of recovery.
- Erase your WhatsApp messages and attachments easily. (Also available for private contacts, messages, notes, history, photos, videos, Kik, Viber, WeChat, etc.)
- Clear WhatsApp cache and all app cache for free. The cache can often build up and take up a lot of room on your iPhone.
- Erase private fragments that WhatsApp would leave behind after you delete it.(Also available for Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik, and 10+ more apps.)
- “Deleted” files that are still recoverable will be viewed and completely destroyed from iPhone.
Simple Steps to Delete WhatsApp Chats & Attachments Completely
Step 1: Download and install iMyFone Umate Pro to your computer. Plug your device into your computer and launch Umate Pro.
Step 2: Click where it says Erase Private Data, then click Scan. The software will now scan for data from your apps and other locations. (Or select "Erase Deleted Files" to scan the WhatsApp files which were deleted previously.)
Step 3: You will see a list of data from WhatsApp and various sources. Preview and choose the WhatsApp and WhatsApp attachments from the list and click Erase Now.
Step 4: Choose your security level, then type “delete” into the text box, and then click Erase Now. Wait until the software is done permanently erasing the data before you unplug your phone.
Remember that this will permanently delete your messages, and you will no longer be able to recovery them.
The Importance of Permanently Deleting Data:
When you think that you’ve deleting something from your iPhone, the truth is that your phone’s software merely makes it less visible to you and marks it to be overwritten, but it’s not actually gone right away. That data will still be on your phone until it is overwritten, and until then it can be accessed with recovery software. Think of how back in the 1990’s, you could only erase an audio tape by taping over it with something else—it’s the same idea.