There is no need to manually delete each image from a group in WhatsApp. WhatsApp provides enough options to delete bulk media files. You can also prevent automatic downloading of media files to your phone. This will save you from having to clean your WhatsApp media regularly.
Let's take a look at the four methods to remove all images from WhatsApp groups on Android and iPhone. You will also learn how to stop the automatic download of images.
1. Delete all WhatsApp media with Manage Storage.
WhatsApp offers a dedicated option to display the storage occupied by each discussion. The cat can be an individual or a group. Here's how to use this option to delete unnecessary media files from a group.
Delete WhatsApp photos from the storage option on Android
Here are the steps:
Note: Deleting media files using this method will also delete them from your phone's gallery.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap the three-dot icon at the top. Select Settings.
2nd step: Go to Using data and storage.
Step 3: Tap on the storage usage. Let WhatsApp calculate the storage usage for each discussion.
Step 4: Find the group whose media files you want to delete. You can even use the search at the top to find a particular cat. Then tap the group name.
Step 5: WhatsApp will show you the storage details on the group. Tap Free Space at the bottom.
Step 6: By default, WhatsApp will select all categories occupying a storage space. Uncheck the categories you do not want to delete. In other words, keep only the selected photos. If you want to delete videos, GIF files, or audio messages, select them as well.
Step 7: Tap on the Delete Items option at the bottom. A confirmation message will appear. Tap Clear messages.
Delete WhatsApp photos from the storage management option on iPhone
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap Settings at the bottom.
2nd step: Tap Data and Storage Usage, and then tap Storage Usage on the next screen.
Step 3: Find the group whose photos you want to delete. Tap on it.
Step 4: Scroll down the storage list for this group and tap Manage.
Step 5: Select the items you want to delete, such as Photos, Videos, and GIFs. Tap Clear at the bottom. Confirm your decision in the pop-up window.
Note: Deleting photos using this method will not delete them from the film if you saved them. It will only be removed from WhatsApp.
2. Remove all WhatsApp media using Clear Group Chat
The above method allows you to choose the items you want to delete from a group. If you want to clear the entire group chat, all media files in that group will be deleted. The group will include pictures, videos, GIFs, voice notes, etc.
Note: The group will not be deleted using the Clear Discussion feature and you will be removed from the group.
Delete all group photos from chat on Android
Step 1: Open the group chat for which you want to delete the media files.
2nd step: Tap the three-dot icon at the top and select More from the menu.
Step 3: Choose Clear chat. A confirmation message will appear. Check the box next to the "Delete the media in this chat" option. Then click the Clear button.
Delete all group photos from chat on iPhone
Step 1: Open the group chat. Tap on the group name at the top.
2nd step: Scroll the group information screen. Tap Clear chat. Tap Delete all messages in the confirmation box.
3. Delete WhatsApp Media by selecting photos
If you want to delete some selected photos from a group, you can also do it.
Deleting selected photos on the WhatsApp group on Android
Step 1: Open the group and tap the group name at the top.
2nd step: Tap Media in the group information screen. You can also tap the group's three-point icon and select Media Group from it.
Step 3: Long press one of the photos to delete. Once selected, choose all the photos you want to delete. Then click on the delete icon at the top.
Selected Photos Deleted on WhatsApp Group on iPhone
Step 1: Start the group discussion and tap the group name.
2nd step: Tap Media, Link, and Docs.
Step 3: Tap Select at the top. Then tap the photos you want to delete. The selected photos will have a blue check mark.
Point: Select a photo and, with your finger on the photo, slide your finger across the photos you want to select.
Step 4: Tap the delete icon at the bottom to remove them from the group.
4. Delete photos from all WhatsApp groups (Android only)
If you want to delete all media files from WhatsApp, you must follow this method. It will remove the media from all the discussions (individual and group) available in your WhatsApp. You will need a file manager for this method.
For that, proceed as following:
Step 1: Open the File Manager or File Explorer application on your Android phone. You can download a third-party file explorer, such as Solid File Explorer, or use the built-in explorer.
2nd step: Go to the WhatsApp folder. It will be present in the internal memory.
Step 3: Tap Media followed by WhatsApp Images.
Step 4: Select all the pictures and then delete them.
You can use this method for deleting videos, GIFs, and documents.
Note: This method will remove images from all the WhatsApp chats, including groups and individual threads.
How to Stop Auto-Download of WhatsApp Pictures on Android and iPhone
Here's how to go about it.
Stop Auto-Download of Pictures on Android
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and tap on the three-dot icon. Select Settings.
2nd step: Go to Date and Storage usage.
Step 3: You will get three different options for media auto-download: mobile data, Wi-Fi, and roaming. In case you don’t want to download anything automatically, uncheck the options in the respective category.
Stop Auto-Download of Pictures on iPhone
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and go to Settings.
2nd step: Tap on Data and Storage Usage.
Step 3: Change the media auto-download settings for photos, audio, videos, and documents. To stop auto-download, keep it Off.
Bonus: How to Delete Photos from WhatsApp Group for Everyone
In all the methods mentioned above, photos were deleted from your phone only and not from other group members. In case you want to delete photos for everyone, you will have to use the unsend feature in WhatsApp — delete for everyone.
You will have to use this feature within an hour of sending an image to the group. It will not work for media files older than an hour. Once deleted, it will be removed from every group member's WhatsApp. They will see a ‘This message was deleted’ text instead of the media file. Only the person who has shared the media file can remove it. Neither the group admin nor other group members can delete the media file for others.
To use this feature on Android, long touch the photo in the group chat. Then hit the delete icon and select Delete for everyone.
On iPhone, long touch the photo and select More followed by Delete.
Then hit the delete icon at the bottom-left corner. Select Delete for everyone.
Keep Calm and Clean WhatsApp
It’s a good idea to clean WhatsApp media files regularly, especially if you are a part of many WhatsApp groups. We would also suggest turning off the auto-download feature for pictures and videos, as shown above. By doing that, you get the power to choose the photos or videos that you want to download.
Then: Did you accidentally delete an image from WhatsApp? Here's a nifty guide that will help you learn how to recover deleted images from WhatsApp.