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WhatsApp video, voice calls: Here is how to reduce data usage drastically and save money

WhatsApp video, voice calls: Chatting is fun, but receiving big phone bills is not. However, it need not be so. Here is how to reduce data usage on WhatsApp video and voice calls. WhatsApp video, voice calls: Chatting is fun, but receiving big phone bills is not. However, it need not be so. Here is how to reduce data usage on WhatsApp video and voice calls.
WhatsApp video, voice calls: Chatting is fun, but receiving big phone bills is not. However, it need not be so. Here is how to reduce data usage on WhatsApp video and voice calls. (REUTERS)

WhatsApp video, voice calls: If your data usage is skyrocketing and you don't want to pay a massive bill to the telecom company, then know how to reduce data usage on WhatsApp video and voice calls.

Millions of people use WhatsApp on a daily basis to conduct business and chat with colleagues, friends and family members via messages, voice calls and video calls every day. According to the data shared by WhatsApp, over 100 billion personal messages a day are end-to-end encrypted and shared on its platform every day. While the company didn’t share the number of calls, video or voice calls, that are made on its platform, it isn’t hard to guess that the number is significantly high. However, for the users there is a problem. While WhatsApp messenger app is free to download, the bill from the telecom company can be shocking. So, while on one hand, these WhatsApp messages make communications easy, on the other hand, they also increase data usage.

How to reduce data usage on WhatsApp video, voice calls: Thankfully, WhatsApp has a bunch of controls that enable its users to reduce their data usage even as they make video calls and voice calls to their friends and family. Notably, this feature is available in WhatsApp’s Android and iOS-based apps. Here’s a step-by-step guide that will help you save data while making voice and video calls on WhatsApp:

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Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your Android or Apple smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings button at the bottom right corner of the app.

Step 3: Now tap on the Data and Storage option.

Step 4: Now, toggle ‘Use Less Data for Calls option’ button and you are good to go!

How to stop WhatsApp auto-download: But that’s not all. If you want to reduce your data consumption even further, you can put a halt to the auto-download of images, videos and documents. You will still be able to see all the videos, images and documents when you stop the auto-download of the media and documents. But they won’t be saved in the gallery of your smartphone. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your Android or Apple smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings button at the bottom right corner of the app.

Step 3: Now tap on the Data and Storage option.

Step 4: Go to the Media Auto-Download section.

Step 5: Tap on Photos option and then tap on Never option.

Step 6: Tap on Audio option and then tap on Never option.

Step 7: Tap on Video option and then tap on Never option.

Step 8: Tap on Documents option and then tap on Never option and you are good to go!

This may be enough to cut your data usage and allow you to save money, but you can do something else too, reduce usage. Now that is easier said than done, of course.

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