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Running out of space on your iPhone? Time to update your WhatsApp


If you’re using a 16GB iPhone, we know how frustrating it gets when you’re out of storage. Sure you can free up space by moving your photos but recently there’s a bug on WhatsApp that appears to be sucking up more storage than usual.


A couple of days back, WhatsApp had rolled out a new feature which allows you to send PDF documents to your contacts. After the initial update, a couple of iPhone users including our unit have been getting alerts that storage is running out. Even after uninstalling apps and clearing up photos, it didn’t take too long before the available storage space goes back to 0 bytes.

If you’re having the same issue, it looks like WhatsApp could be a culprit. They have released a newer version (2.12.15) today that address crashes and storage issues on some iPhone. After updating the app, we managed to free up more space on an iPhone 6 16GB and the iPhone 6s Plus 16GB. To clear even more space, we suggest clearing up media files from your chat history as that also builds up after a long period of time.

Do you have this issue? Let us know if WhatsApp had bogged down your iPhone and whether it is fixed after you’ve updated the app.

Alexander Wong