How to Turn On or Off Media Visibility on WhatsApp

Let’s see the steps to change media visibility for single and all chats on WhatsApp for Android. Here, I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12).

Change Default Media Visibility in WhatsApp

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp Messenger app and tap three vertical dots on the top right.
  2. Select Settings > Chats.
  3. In the Chat settings section, you can view “Media visibility” between “Enter is send” and “Font size.”
  4. Turn that on (to enable it) or off (to disable it) as per your preference.

That’s all.

See: How to Stop WhatsApp From Saving Photos to Camera Roll

Change Media Visibility for a Single WhatsApp Chat

Open a conversation (contact or group) and tap its name at the top.

Select “Media visibility” between “Custom notifications” and “Disappearing messages.”

You can see these options in the popup:

  • Default (Yes or No) – This applies the WhatsApp media visibility state (which you’ll see below) to chat. The Yes or No you see in parentheses is the current state of that setting.
  • Yes – Enable media visibility for this WhatsApp chat.
  • No – Turn off media visibility for this WhatsApp chat.

Select the one you like and tap OK.

That’s it.


  • WhatsApp media visibility is turned on by default, causing downloaded media to appear in the gallery.
  • If you only want to hide WhatsApp photos in the gallery, try these steps: Open the File Explorer app on your Android phone. Find and open the WhatsApp folder, then Media > WhatsApp Images. Create a .nomedia file.

That’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Turn On or Off Media Visibility in WhatsApp,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.