Best ways to fix WhatsApp Images not showing in phone Gallery

While using WhatsApp, you won’t find a user who hasn’t tried but failed to find the WhatsApp images in the phone gallery. What happens is that WhatsApp downloads and stores the downloaded picture in a separate folder. This folder or the changes in the folder may not always be reflected in the Gallery. That’s why you cannot find or use those pictures. A quick solution for this issue alongside more permanent, distributive fixes exists.


1. Close the Play Store and leave the phone alone for a few minutes. Then, open the Play Store and retry loading the app.

2. Usually, these problems do easily get resolved with just a normal system restart.

Fix 1 – Save the image directly

If you are looking for a particular picture that you have just received, you can try this manual approach.

Step 1 – Open the WhatsApp and open the chat where you have received the image.

Step 2 – Then, open the image on your phone.


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Step 3 – Next, tap  and then, tap the “Save” to save the image directly to the gallery.


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Minimize WhatsApp and go to your phone Gallery. You will see the image that you have saved has appeared in the Gallery.


Fix 2 – Enable the media visibility in WhatsApp

This solution holds up if you are working with a single image. But, what if you have to deal with multiple images? Follow these steps.

Step 1 – Open WhatsApp once more.

Step 2 – After this, tap the three-dot button and tap “Settings“.


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Step 3 – In the WhatsApp settings page, open the “Chats” settings to open that.


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Step 4 – Inside the Chat settings, you will find the “Media visibility” option.

Step 5 – Set that to “On” mode.


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From now on, all the images that you have received via the WhatsApp chats will be visible in the Gallery.


Fix 3 – Show the downloaded media for contacts

If you can’t find images from a particular contact, media visibility might be turned off for him/her.

Step 1 – To turn on the media visibility, you have to open WhatsApp, first.

Step 2 – Then, open the contact whose images are not showing up in Gallery.


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Step 3 – Next, tap the contact banner to open that.


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Step 4 – When the contact opens up, scroll down and find the “Media visibility” option. Tap that once to toggle that.


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Step 5 – Once WhatsApp asks, Show newly downloaded media from this chat in your device’s gallery to “Yes” mode.


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That’s it! All the images that you receive via chat will appear in the Gallery.


Fix  4 – Wipe the WhatsApp Cache

If the solutions to this point haven’t helped you, wipe out the WhatsApp cache on your phone.

Step 1 – Simply, press & hold the WhatsApp icon for a brief few seconds. Later, tap the “” button.


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Step 2 – Open the “Storage” at the next step.


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Step 3 – After this, tap the “Clear cache” option to clear the WhatsApp cache.


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After you have cleared the WhatsApp cache, you will find all the images in the Gallery.


Fix 5 – Update the WhatsApp

The final option on our list is to update WhatsApp.

Step 1 – Open the Play Store.

Step 2 – Directly click your profile icon and tap “Manage apps & device” to open that up.


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Step 3 – You will find all the updates available on your phone. So, tap “See details” to open the list of pending updates.


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Step 4 – Just update WhatsApp on your phone.

You won’t have the image issues again in WhatsApp. Hope this helps you resolve the problem.