WhatsApp has now made it a lot easier to free-up space in your mobile phones with a handy storage management tool that is set to roll out this week. This tool, which will be made available on all devices, will let users effortlessly identify, review, and bulk delete content to free up storage capacity on their phones.
Announced by the Facebook company and set to be made available to users worldwide sometime this week, WhatsApp has brought forth an effective new tool that will help you get rid of the junk that piles up in your phone, thanks to an overload of WhatsApp messages, pictures, documents, videos, and other media files. WhatsApp has now redesigned its storage management tool, making it easier for users to find and delete files that are taking up too much space on their phone.
An easy feature to access, the new storage management tool can be reached in the app by heading to Settings > Storage and data > Manage storage. This tool will make it easy to spot and delete unnecessary files that were forwarded or shared multiple times using the instant messaging app, and will also feature various cleanup suggestions in the mix.
Earlier, WhatsApp’s storage management tool or “Storage Usage” tool simply sorted all available chats by the amount of space they take up, listing the number of messages, photos, GIFs, and videos in each chat, and letting the user delete each category with a few taps. This, although quite effective made it easier to delete bulk messages, in turn, made users delete files that were important.
The new change, on the other hand, revamps this user experience by providing an all-new interface with a dedicated bar to show how much storage is being consumed by WhatsApp media content, alongside other apps. There is also a dedicated option to view media files that are forwarded many times through the app. This helps to easily spot and clean up unnecessary forwarded files. The new tool offers thumbnails of content to be deleted, and groups this data in categories such as “Forwarded many times” and “Larger than 5 MB.”
This classification will grant users the ability to sort files by size and other specific factors to be previewed before deleting.