How do I configure Auto-download?
By default, WhatsApp will automatically download images over your cellular connection to provide you with quick access to your latest photos.
To configure automatic photo, video, or audio downloading, simply go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download.
Here you can choose when WhatsApp will automatically download media.
When using mobile data
Selected media will automatically download when you are connected to cellular data.
When connected on Wi-Fi
Selected media will automatically download when you are connected to Wi-Fi.
Selected media will automatically download when you are roaming.
Note: enabling roaming auto-download may result in significantly increased charges from your mobile provider as roaming data is often expensive.
Automatically downloaded images will show up in your gallery.
In order to stop all WhatsApp media from appearing in your gallery, we recommend that you create a .nomedia file or folder inside of your WhatsApp images, audio, and video folder. You can do this using a file explorer, or by hiding the folder in Quickpic.
WhatsApp Support Team