How to Turn “Media auto-download” On or Off in the Signal app

Turn media auto-download on or off in Signal

The article provides detailed instructions on how to enable or disable the “Media Auto-download” feature on the Signal app on mobile devices. This option allows users to manage their device’s storage or data usage by controlling the automatic download of media files. The process involves accessing the settings menu and selecting network connections to manage media auto-download preferences.

This article explains how to turn “Media auto-download” on or off in the Signal app on mobile devices.

Signal is a cross-platform popular messaging app. It allows users to send and receive encrypted messages, make voice and video calls, and share files from their devices, including computers.

When you install and set up the Signal Desktop app, you can choose to have it open automatically when you log in to your computer. The app also allows you to turn on or off call relay through Signals’ servers to avoid revealing your IP addressturn disappearing messages on or offturn incoming calls on or off, and more.

The Signal mobile version allows users to turn Read receipts on or offturn typing indicators on or offturn screen lock on or offturn Payment lock on or off, turn notifications on or off, and more, which aren’t available on the desktop version.

When you use the mobile version, you can also turn “Media auto-download” on or off to manage your device’s storage.

You may want to turn “Media auto-download” on or off in the Signal app for various reasons. For instance, if you have limited storage on your phone, turning off auto-download can help you manage your device’s storage by preventing the automatic downloading of media files like photos, videos, and audio messages.

Also, suppose you’re concerned about your data usage. In that case, turning off auto-download can help you reduce data consumption by preventing the automatic downloading of media files when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Additionally, if you prefer manually downloading media files to ensure privacy, turning off auto-download can give you more control over what files you download and when.

Turn “Media auto-download” on or off in Signal

As mentioned, users can turn “Media auto-download” on or off in Signal to manage their device storage or data usage.

Here’s how to do it.

First, screen your apps and open the Signal app on your mobile device.

Open Signal app on mobile device

When the app opens, click your profile image to display the Settings menu or select the Settings and more (three vertical dots) button on the top right of your screen, then select Settings on the context menu.

Signal app settings menu

Click the “Data and storage” tile on the Settings menu to open it.

On the Settings -> Dat and storage settings page, select each network connection to turn media auto-download on or off.

The available options are:

  • When using mobile data
  • When using Wi-Fi
  • When roaming

For each available network connection, check the boxes next to the media you want to download automatically.

Uncheck the box so as not to download automatically.

That should do it!


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