The new feature was announced by the company through Twitter, where it said, “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.”
As part of the tweet, WhatsApp also shared a 30-second clip that showed how the screen will appear on the app.
We’ve made it easy to review, bulk delete items and free up space. This new storage management tool can be found in… https://t.co/kVk3kYu2cz
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) 1604361663000
Firstly, the video shows that when users are about to hit the maximum limit, they will be notified with a ‘storage almost full’ banner on the top of their chat. Tapping on this will take users to the ‘Manage Storage’ screen that will show how the space is segregated between media files and ‘other’ types of content on the app.
Below that, users will find two separate sections that will highlight files that are ‘forwarded many times’ and files that are ‘larger than 5MB.’ Both these sections are meant to show users files that are not only unessential but also occupying the maximum space.
Below all this, users will continue to see their chats with other contacts and how much space each chat has taken up.
Users will have the option to bulk delete files from any of the sections by tapping on ‘select all.’ Readers must note that clicking on delete all items will only delete them from their WhatsApp media storage and they may still continue to appear on their phone as they would already be saved there.
The tweet from WhatsApp’s official account does not mention Android or iOS, therefore this feature is expected to be rolled out to users of both operating systems.