WhatsApp is releasing a new useful feature for storage management which will let users delete various types of media including photos and videos, to help free up space on their smartphones.
The tool allows users to filter files by how many times they have been forwarded, or by file size higher than 5MB. Once the files are filtered, users can then go through them, before selecting which ones to keep and which ones to delete. This new interface makes it easier to selectively delete data, rather than delete complete chats from WhatsApp.
Storage Management Improvements in WhatsApp
The new feature is available in WhatsApp by going to Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage. If you do not see the new feature yet, make sure that you have the latest WhatsApp update on your iPhone or Android smartphone. The update is rolling out gradually to all users this week, so it might take some time to reach you.
WhatsApp is also working on a feature that will let users send disappearing messages to each other. These will be ephemeral messages, similar to Snapchat and Instagram Direct, which will expire after 7 days. However, they will still be visible if they are available in a notification on the smartphone, or quoted in WhatsApp.
Despite all the recent updates, WhatsApp still lags behind the competition when it comes to features. It still does not have an iPad app, does not support easily transferring or syncing messages between iOS and Android, and does not allow using the app from multiple devices. However, none of these missing features have had an impact on the popularity of the service as it now delivers almost a 100 billion messages daily.