Do you use WhatsApp on your phone? Most WhatsApp users use this messenger on their smartphones to send free text messages. Apart from that you can actually do a lot more than just messenging. For example, you can transfer videos between mobile phones using WhatsApp, share photos on mobile phones using WhatsApp, and many others. Audio file and music songs can also be exchanged between smartphones through this free messenger app for mobile. But when you have sent and received files using this application, especially those heavy media files, do you know how to clear up these files? Some of them are outdated but still consume a lot of space on your phone, you need to delete those unwanted media files, like WhatsApp videos and photos. By deleting WhatsApp photos and videos, you can instantly free up much storage space for new data, apps and downloads. Meanwhile you can expect your smartphone to run faster and more stable after you have removed those bulky media files.
How to clear WhatsApp media files on Android Phone?
In this guide, we will be using an Android smartphone to illustrate the steps to delete media files sent and received through WhatsApp for Android, such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, Micromax, Oneplus, LG, Sony, ZTE and many more. You do not need a phone cleaner or other professional WhatsApp related tool in order to clear up media files generated in the long time usage of this messenger. A generic file manager for Android would be good to go, such as ES File Manager, MiXplorer. If you are using a Samsung smartphone, you can use the built-in app ‘My Files‘. It comes with your Samsung phone, so you do not need to download any third party file manager at all.
Normally if you have an external SD card or memory card on the phone, your WhatsApp media files will be saved to SD card by default. Access your SD card from the file manager on your phone, find and open the WhatsApp folder, then you will find a Media sub-folder, open this media folder, you can find several directories saved all kinds of media files generated by WhatsApp on the phone. See below screenshot.
You can find media files as shown in above screen. There are Wallpaper folder, WhatsApp Calls, WhatsApp Profile Photos, WhatsApp Voice Notes, WhatsApp Audio, WhatsApp Images, WhatsApp Video, etc. For most WhatsApp users, the image and video folders contain most media files. You can open these WhatsApp media folders and delete files beneath. Before the deletion of your WhatsApp data, you can back up WhatsApp photos & videos from Android to computer, so in case you like to restore them in the future, you have the backup. The backup of WhatsApp media files can be done with or without third party tools. You can directly connect up your Andriod phone to computer through USB data cord, then access your phone storage or SD card using file explorer on your PC or Mac. After deleting the media files from WhatsApp media folders, go and check out phone space, you will find you have emptied a lot of space and greatly saved your valuable storage on the phone. If you deleted WhatsApp media files by mistake and no backups found, you may still be able to get them back, see how to recover WhatsApp messges, photos and videos on Android phone. iPhone users should go to this guide instead, WhatsApp data recovery for iPhone.