WhatsApp messages can prove to be embarrassing when your smartphone is with someone’s else, especially images and videos. For example, say you have given your smartphone to a friend to click photographs. To view the images after clicking, your friend taps on gallery and all personal images and videos that you have received on WhatsApp pops out making you red-faced. While there is an easy hack to prevent WhatsApp media files from appearing under ‘Gallery’ but very few people seem to know about it.
WhatsApp has now added a new feature to allow users to hide WhatsApp media files from appearing under ‘Gallery’. In WhatsApp, head to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Chats’. A new option called ‘Media visibility’ is added. By default this is turned-off. This means that media files that you receive over WhatsApp will not be shown in ‘Gallery’. However, if you wish to have all downloaded WhatsApp media files to appear in ‘Gallery’ then you will have to turn it on. Interestingly the new feature can be used to customise media visibility preferences for particular chats as well.