When I travel abroad, will I be charged for data roaming?
WhatsApp Messenger uses the same Internet data plan as web browsing and email on your phone. If using your cellular data while roaming will normally result in additional charges, you may be charged extra by your mobile provider for using WhatsApp while roaming. Contact your wireless carrier for details about international roaming countries, SIMs, rates, and policies. If you do not have an international data plan, turn off cellular data when roaming to avoid data roaming charges.
To turn off cellular data when roaming for WhatsApp
- Open WhatsApp.
- Go to Options > Settings > Chat Settings > Cellular When Roaming.
- Choose Disabled (use Wi-Fi) if you do not want your phone to connect to your data network when roaming.
We recommend you configure WhatsApp so that it only connects to Wi-Fi networks when your phone is roaming. However, with this configuration, you will not receive messages unless you have a Wi-Fi connection.
To avoid extra data charges when roaming, you can disable Media Auto-Download for images, video, and audio. To learn how to configure Media Auto-Download read this article.
WhatsApp Support Team