WhatsApp’s new feature lets you save space on your smartphone: Here’s how to enable it

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp is adding yet another feature to its app. Currently in beta, the new feature for Android will allow users to mass delete certain files from your phone, which will end up saving a lot of storage on the device. The granular storage control feature called ‘Part of the Storage Usage’ was rolled out to iOS early this year.

This feature is available on Android beta v2.17.340. You can head to Settings > Storage Usage on the WhatsApp beta for Android and clear all the unwanted data such as videos, text, images, GIFs, voice messages and more. You can head to ‘Manage messages' option and select the content files you wish to delete. For example, you could delete all video files from a specific chat to free up space.

The service is reportedly also testing an ‘unsend’ feature that lets users recall embarrassing or wrongfully sent texts. The ‘Delete for everyone’ feature enables users to wipe out messages before their contacts have read them. WhatsApp rivals including Telegram, WeChat and Viber already sport a similar feature, and it is high time that the leading IM service had it too. WhatsApp has begun testing the feature on both Android and iOS devices, according to a WABetaInfo leak. The dedicated recall server is now working and successfully deleting messages. The service will be remotely enabled at a later time.
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