Enabling or Disabling “Media visibility” in WhatsApp



The article guides on adjusting “Media visibility” setting in the WhatsApp mobile app. This function, unavailable in desktop version, allows control over automatic saving and displaying of newly downloaded media files such as photos and videos in the device’s gallery. Activating or deactivating this feature can prevent clutter or save storage space on one’s device.

This article explains how to turn “Media visibility” on or off in WhatsApp on mobile devices.

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share files, and more.

One can configure many settings with the WhatsApp app in Windows, including starting the WhatsApp app at loginturning read receipts on or offturning notifications on or offturning automatic downloads on or offclearing and deleting chats, and more.

On mobile devices, you can turn the fingerprint lock feature on or offturn disappearing messages on or offturn last seen and online status on or offsilence unknown callersadd or remove people from blocked contactschange who can add you to groupsturn conversation tones on or offturn Send is enter on or offturn ringtone on or offturn high priority notifications on or off, change who can see your status, and more, which are unavailable on the desktop.

You can also turn “Media visibility” on or off when you use the mobile version. When enabled, newly downloaded media will show in your device’s gallery.

You might want to turn media visibility on or off in WhatsApp to control whether newly downloaded media, such as pictures and videos, are automatically saved and shown in your device’s gallery. This can be particularly useful if you receive a lot of media files through WhatsApp and don’t want them to clutter your device’s gallery.

Turning media visibility off can also help you save space on your device by preventing WhatsApp media from getting automatically saved to your device’s internal storage.

Turn “Media visibility” on or off in WhatsApp

As mentioned above, users can turn “Media visibility” on or off in WhatsApp to automatically save media or turn it off to save space on their devices.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open and launch the WhatsApp app on your mobile device.

Turn Last seen and online status on or off in WhatsApp

When the app opens, click the Settings and More button (vertical dots) at the top right corner.

Then click Settings on the context menu.

WhatsApp settings and more button

On the Settings screen, select Chats to expand it.

WhatsApp chats tile

Next, select the “Media visibility” tile on the Chats settings page. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

WhatsApp turn media visibility on or off switch

That should do it!


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