How to Turn On or Off Media Visibility in WhatsApp
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How to Turn On or Off Media Visibility on WhatsApp

In this post, you’ll see the steps to turn on or off media visibility for single and all WhatsApp chats. Here, I use an Android phone. Let’s begin.

Turn On or Off Media Visibility on WhatsApp

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app.

Tap three vertical dots on the top right.

Select Settings > Chats.

In the “Chat settings” section, you can view “Media visibility” between the “Enter is send” and “Font size.”

Turn that on (to enable it) or off (to disable it) as per your preference.

Turned off Media visibility
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That’s all.

Turn On or Off Media Visibility for a Single WhatsApp Chat

Note that the media visibility you set for a single chat will override the one you set for your entire WhatsApp app.

Here are the steps:

Launch the WhatsApp app.

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

Select “Media visibility” beneath “Custom notifications.”

Media visibility
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You can see this message: Show newly downloaded media from this chat in your device’s gallery.

And these options in the popup:

  • Default (Yes or No) – This applies WhatsApp’s media visibility state (which you’ve seen above) to the 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 chat.

Select the one you like and tap “OK.”

OK option
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That’s it.


  • WhatsApp’s 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.