Hide WhatsApp photos and videos in gallery on Android phone

While WhatsApp offers the ability to show or hide media in the photo gallery, it is also possible to completely hide WhatsApp photos from anywhere on your Android phone.

Hide WhatsApp photos and videos on Android phone

As mentioned above, WhatsApp offers the ability to block downloaded media from appearing in the photo gallery on your Android phone.

However, hiding downloaded photos from the gallery does not prevent them from being discovered in the WhatsApp Photos folder, which can be easily accessed in the Photos app.

So below we provide the steps on how to hide WhatsApp photos in gallery and also the steps on how to hide WhatsApp photos from anywhere on your Android phone.

1. Hide WhatsApp photos and videos in Gallery on Android phone

As mentioned above, you can easily prevent WhatsApp photos from showing in photo gallery by going to WhatsApp settings on your Android phone.

1. Open Whatsapp > tap 3 point menu icon and select settings option in the drop-down list.

WhatsApp settings option on Android phone

2. On the settings screen, tap chat Possibility.

Chats settings option in WhatsApp

3. On the next screen, move the switch next to visibility in the media to OUT Position.

Hide whatsapp media in gallery

Note: This setting only prevents newly downloaded photos and videos from appearing in the photo gallery. Previously downloaded photos will still appear in the phone’s gallery.

2. Hide WhatsApp photos on Android phone

If your phone has a file explorer app, you can follow the steps below to completely hide WhatsApp photos from all locations on your Android phone.

Note: The File Explorer app is known as My Files on Samsung devices and Explorer on most other Android devices.

If your Android phone doesn’t have file explorer, you can download it ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store.

1. open that file manager App on your Android phone.

My files app on android phone

2. On the next screen, tap device memory.

Device and storage settings option on Android phone

3. Navigate to Whatsapp > media > WhatsApp images folder.

WhatsApp pictures folder on Android phone

4. Choose WhatsApp images folder by tapping and holding it.

Select the

5. After selecting the WhatsApp pictures folder, tap 3 point menu (or more icon) in the top right corner of your screen and select Rename option in the drop down menu.

Rename WhatsApp pictures folder on Android phone

6. Rename WhatsApp pictures folder to .no media or something else starting with a period (.)

Rename WhatsApp images folder to Nomedia on Android phone

Now when you open the Photos app on your Android phone, you cannot find the WhatsApp pictures folder.

The WhatsApp pictures folder with all your WhatsApp photos is simply hidden from the plane view and will not be lost or deleted.

You can always unhide the WhatsApp media folder by renaming it .no media folder back to WhatsApp images.

3. Hide WhatsApp videos in Gallery on Android phone

Just like photos, WhatsApp automatically saves videos to the Gallery app on Android phones.

The steps to hide WhatsApp videos from gallery are practically the same as how to hide WhatsApp photos from gallery of your Android phone.

1. open that file manager App on your Android phone.

My files app on android phone

2. Navigate to device memory > Whatsapp > and open media folder.

WhatsApp media folder on Android phone

3. Tap and hold on the WhatsApp media folder WhatsApp video Folder to select this folder for editing.

WhatsApp video folder on Android phone

4. After selecting the WhatsApp video folder, tap 3 point menu icon (or More icon) and select Rename option in the drop-down list.

Rename WhatsApp folder on Android phone

5. Rename WhatsApp videos to .nomedia2 or any other name beginning with a period (.).

The above steps will hide WhatsApp videos on your Android phone and you cannot find these videos in photo gallery or any other place on your Android phone.

How does this method work?

If you’re wondering, the Android operating system is based on Linux, in which adding a period (.) in front of a folder or file hides it.

Therefore, simply renaming WhatsApp Pictures and WhatsApp Videos folders will make WhatsApp Photos and Videos folder invisible on your Android phone.

As mentioned above, you can always unhide WhatsApp photos and videos by renaming them .no media Folder back to “WhatsApp Images” and “WhatsApp Video”.

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