WhatsApp started testing a redesigned Storage Usage section in a beta release (v184.108.40.206) earlier this year in September. The updated Storage Usage section featured a new UI with a bar at the top to show current storage usage, a “Suggested clean up” section that listed forwarded and large files that could be removed to save space, and a section with a list of all the chats that occupied the most storage space on your device. Now, WhatsApp is finally releasing the feature on the stable channel with a few minor changes.
As per a recent tweet from WhatsApp, the redesigned Storage Usage section is rolling out to users with the latest stable update. To access the section, you’ll first need to update to the latest version of the app from the Play Store link below. Once you have the update installed, you’ll have to navigate to the app settings by tapping on the three-dot menu icon in the top left corner and selecting the Settings option.
We’ve made it easy to review, bulk delete items and free up space. This new storage management tool can be found in Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage. pic.twitter.com/eIMFZ1Oyzr
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) November 3, 2020
Here, you’ll have to tap on the Storage and data option and select the Manage storage option in the following window. As seen in the beta release, the new storage usage section features a bar at the top that shows the total used storage, the amount of storage occupied by WhatsApp media on your device, the storage occupied by apps, and other items the amount of free storage.
The “Suggested clean up” section that we saw in the beta release has been renamed to “Review and delete items”; however, it serves the same purpose. The section includes two options, one for media that has been forwarded many times and the other for files that are larger than 5MB. Tapping on either of these options opens up the respective media in a gallery where you can quickly select and remove them from your device. The last section remains the same, and it shows a list of chats occupying the most space on your device.