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Altering WhatsApp related files may mess your app if done wrong. Make sure of what you’re doing and do it correctly to avoid any errors. I shall not be held responsible if you screw up your app or device. Understand and perform everything at your own risk.

Before You Begin

  • The process requires your Android device to be rooted, for using a root explorer to open and edit the required file. You can follow find and follow the rooting guide for your device here or in XDA forum.
  • Any Root explorer app with text editor. Search Play Store.


  1. Make sure you have WhatsApp Messenger already logged in and working.
  2. Open the App drawer and tap on the Root Explorer app.
  3. It will prompt for Root permissions, make sure to grant it the same.

  4. Go to data and tap on data again.
  5. Browse and open the com.whatsapp folder and then the shared_prefs folder. You find the com.whatsapp_preferences.xml which is our desired file.

  6. Long press on com.whatsapp_prefrences.xml and tap on Open with.
  7. Select the Text Editor app from the list of programs offered.
  8. The file will open with the text editor.

  9. Now search and find the following line:

    <int name=”media_limit_mb” value=”16″ />

  10. Using the editor, change the value from 16 to your desired value.
  11. It is to note that the value being entered is defined in MBs and the is to be entered to a maximum of 2048 MB or 2GB.
  12. Save and exit the file.
  13. Reboot your Android device once and start using the app again.

And thus, you just expanded your WhatsApp data transfer limit…