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WhatsApp latest update on Android helps users hide photos, videos received in chats

Instant messaging service WhatsApp maybe working on a new feature that will allow users to hide photos and videos received in chats. Photos and videos, in case you have auto-download enabled, are locally saved to your phone gallery, in addition to the Drive that serves as a cloud backup for all your chats and media files at all times provided you don’t delete them manually. While backup is always nice to have, there are users, who’d rather prefer to have their photos and videos not saved locally to the device for reasons including the fact that it eats up phone storage. There’ll be users who would rather have them hidden as well.
Although the said feature, spotted by wabetainfo, has a 50-50 chance of making the cut in the final release, it’s still too early to say whether or not the said update would actually be rolled out anytime soon should it make the cut. According to the report, “WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.18.159.” It is this update that is said to carry with it an option to manually hide photos and videos received in chats from being shown in gallery outside WhatsApp.
It isn’t clear whether the option only hides the media or also stops them from being saved locally though. The ability to hide the media you receive is found in WhatsApp settings. More precisely, it is found in the data and storage usage tab, and is named media visibility. You can check to have your photos and video visible in gallery outside WhatsApp, or you can leave it unchecked so they won’t be visible.
WhatsApp is seemingly adding features by the millisecond. But every now and then, some issues also keep creeping up which is a given since it’s all software. The recent issue, being reported, is related to the block feature that has been around for a very long time now. A glitch in the block feature is apparently allowing people who you’ve blocked to still send you messages, which kind of destroys its purpose. Good thing is that the glitch seems to be a part of WhatsApp beta and therefore it shouldn’t bother those who’re on stable release.

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