Where are WhatsApp Photos Stored on iPhone, Android, PC?

You may need WhatsApp photos and can't find it. This article will tell you where are WhatsApp photos stored. If you can't find it on WhatsApp storage path, it provides some solutions to WhatsApp photos missing problem.

Dylan by Dylan Updated March 4, 2024
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WhatsApp is one of the most popular social apps allowing users to send messages, stickers, photos, and videos to their friends. Sometimes you need to know where are the photos, and videos on your WhatsApp conversation stored, so you can delete, manage, or export WhatsApp photos but have no idea where the WhatsApp photo Stored.

You can refer to this post, we will help you locate your WhatsApp Photos folder on your cell phone (iPhone & Android phone) and computer. Also, we will guide you on how to find your WhatsApp images if they are lost, and how to delete clear these media if they are so many that take up a large amount of your phone storage.


Where are WhatsApp Photos stored on iPhone & Android?

Actually, WhatsApp gives an option to automatically save WhatsApp photos to iPhone. And it usually is default enabled. There is a WhatsApp folder on your phone saving your WhatsApp photos.

• WhatsApp photo location on iPhone:

If you are using an iPhone, WhatsApp images can be easily viewed. Just go to the “Photos” app on your iPhone > Choose the Albums at the bottom > There a WhatsApp album. Open it you can get all your WhatsApp photos.

whatsapp photos iphone

• WhatsApp Photos location on Android:

WhatsApp will have a WhatsApp folder on the internal storage of your Android Phone. Go to “File Explorer” on the “Files” app > Device Storage > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images.

android whatsapp photos folder

The WhatsApp images storage path varies according to different phone models and brands. You can also search for the WhatsApp Images folder on your phone.

Where are WhatsApp images stored on PC?

WhatsApp can be also used on a computer. If you need WhatsApp Photos of your conversation, Follow the guide below.

• WhatsApp images folder location on PC:

If you are using a WhatsApp desktop app on your PC, your sent and received images and videos will be saved on cache or cookie files. Just open “My PC” or “This PC”. And navigate to


Here you can check the Cache files. And open the WhatsApp Image folder. If you don't find the WhatsApp Image folder, you can search with the search box.

whatsapp desktop app folder

As for users who use Chrome or a browser to use WhatsApp, your downloaded photos will be saved in the Downloads folder. You can find the media in the default download folder or directory.

WhatsApp photos & videos are missing? How to find

Some users reported that they can’t find their WhatsApp on their phones. If you have the same problem, don’t worry, this is not a rare issue. Here we have some common tips to help you get back your missed WhatsApp photos.

Method 1. Toggle on the Save to Camera Roll

If you are an iPhone user, there is a “Save to Camera Roll” option in WhatsApp settings. That will automatically save WhatsApp photos on iPhone. You may even disable it to stop saving WhatsApp photos. You can toggle it on and your WhatsApp media will be saved to your Photos app.

1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone

2. Choose “Settings” > “Chat Settings” > Switch on the “Save to Camera Roll” / “Save Incoming Media option.  

enable save to camera roll

Method 2. Enable Media Visibility

When your WhatsApp photos is missing, it is probably because of the Media Visibility settings. It makes WhatsApp media files invisible. Follow the steps to see all the images.

Step 1. Run WhatsApp on your phone. Click the 3-dot at the top-right corner. 

Step 2. Tap "Settings" 

Step 3. Choose "Chat".

Step 4. In the Chat screen. Toggle on the Media visibility.

media visibility

Too many WhatsApp photos? How to delete

If you never clear your WhatsApp media files, they can eat lots of your phone storage. If you want to delete some WhatsApp photos after knowing the location, follow the steps below.

Notes: Before we get started, you can stop WhatsApp from saving photos:✎...
To stop WhatsApp from saving photos on your iPhone, go to WhatsApp app on your iPhone > tap "Settings" > Toggle of the "Save to Camera Tool" option.
 To stop WhatsApp from saving images from your Android phone, open WhatsApp on your phone > Tap "More Option" > tap the three-dots icon > "Media auto-download" > Choose "Photo" "Videos".

For iPhone

Step 1. Run WhatsApp on your iPhone, and choose "Settings".

Step 2. Tap "Data and Storage Usage" > "Storage Usage".

Step 3. Here you can see individual WhatsApp contacts and groups. Tap one you want to clear, and choose "Manage".

Step 4. Choose the media you want to move, and tap "Clear".

delete whatsapp media

For Android phone

Step 1. On the WhatsApp app, tap the three-dot icon at the top. Choose "Settings".

Step 2. Choose "Data and storage usage" > "Storage usage".

Step 3. Tap a chats/contacts > "FREE UP SAPCE".

Step 4. Choose "Photos" > tap "DELETE ITEMS > And tap "CLEAR MESSAGES" to commit.

delete whatsapp photos android

Bonus tip: One-click to backup and export WhatsApp photos to PC

WhatsApp photos matter to you. There are lots of issues causing your photos missing from your iPhone. So you may want to backup your WhatsApp to computer with freeware phone tool

You can back up WhatsApp via iCloud. There is no option to backup WhatsApp to a PC default. Actually, you can turn to FoneTool. It is a powerful iPhone backup software helping you back up all data from iPhone to PC. 

Besides, FoneTool also supports transferring WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone. When you have a new iPhone, you can keep all your WhatsApp files. Now you can download this software, we will guide you on how to use this tool.

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FoneTool can help you backup all WhatsApp messages and media files to computer, including photos, videos, settings, stickers , links. After backing up, you can easily export WhatsApp photos and videos to the PC.
If you don't want to backup/transfer other WhatsApp data to PC, you can save your WhatsApp photos/videos to your iPhone local Photos app, and use FoneTool to only transfer the photos/videos to your PC.

One-click to backup WhatsApp to PC

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Windows PC. Run FoneTool. 

Step 2. Choose "WhatsApp Manager" > Choose "WhatsApp" > Click "Get Started" to run this feature.

backup whatsapp

Step 3. Choose "Backup Storage Path" to decide where you want to store the backup files. And you can enable the Backup Encryption for data safety. Click "Start Backup".

start backup whatsapp

Wait for the backup process to get finished. When you need the backup files, you can restore WhatsApp on the Backup History. If you want to export WhatsApp photos, you can click "View" and choose your WhatsApp photos > Select "Export to computer".

export whatsapp photos


Now you have known where are WhatsApp Photos Stored on iPhone, Android phone, and computer. Generally, WhatsApp will automatically save your photos if you enable the auto photo-saving feature. If you can't find your WhatsApp photos, you can check the Media Visibility and Save to Camera Roll options on WhatsApp settings.

To protect your WhatsApp data, we strongly advise you backup your WhatsApp and export WhatsApp data to PC with FoneTool. And FoneTool is a more than a WhatsApp manager, it also a powerful iOS data manager, you can use it to backup and transfer your iPhone photos easily. 



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