Stop WhatsApp from saving photos to gallery

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cxi - Updated on Feb 28, 2023 at 04:26 AM
Alexblue_1880 Posts 4 Registration date Friday February 24, 2023 Status Member Last seen February 25, 2023 - Feb 24, 2023 at 02:18 PM

Hello,

I have turned of media visibity in WhatsApp but pictures are still downloading into Gallery.  Can I do something else to stop this?​​​​​​​
Windows / Chrome 110.0.0.0

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HelpiOS Posts 14288 Registration date Friday October 30, 2015 Status Moderator Last seen April 7, 2024 1,889
Feb 22, 2023 at 05:04 PM

Hi,

If the images from WhatsApp still appear in the gallery despite disabling "Media visibility", open your phone's file manager and go to WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images.

Next, create a new file named .nomedia and save it. If you can't create a new file, or just don't have a file manager on your phone, download FX File Explorer.

Hope this helps.


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Alexblue_1880 Posts 4 Registration date Friday February 24, 2023 Status Member Last seen February 25, 2023 2
Feb 24, 2023 at 02:18 PM

Yes, there are a few additional steps you can take to prevent media files from downloading automatically in WhatsApp.

  1. Disable Automatic Download of Media Files: Go to WhatsApp settings, select "Storage and Data," and under "Media auto-download," you can choose which types of media to download automatically when using mobile data, Wi-Fi, or roaming. Disable auto-download for all options or just for the media types you don't want to download.

  2. Clear WhatsApp Data: Go to your phone's settings, select "Apps," and then choose WhatsApp. Click on "Storage" and then select "Clear Data." This will clear all the data saved by WhatsApp on your phone, including any media files that have been downloaded.

  3. Use a File Manager App: If you don't want to clear all the data saved by WhatsApp, you can use a file manager app to move the media files downloaded by WhatsApp from the WhatsApp folder to another folder that won't show up in your gallery app.

By following these steps, you can prevent media files from downloading automatically in WhatsApp and avoid having them appear in your phone's gallery app.

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