I do not like the fact that WhatsApp by default clutters my Android phone’s media gallery with every image or video it receives. If you find this annoying as well, here’s how to fix it (source: WhatsApp FAQ). It works fine on my Android 7 device but I do not know whether or not this works on IOS as well.

  1. You will need access to Android’s file system with a file explorer or alternatively using your computer’s file explorer.
  2. Go to internal storageWhatsAppMediaWhatsApp Images
  3. Create a file named .nomedia (make sure this is the complete name, it will not work with .nomedia.txt; if Windows refuses the name, try .nomedia.)
  4. Repeat the same step for internal storageWhatsAppMediaWhatsApp Video

Your gallery will now be free of WhatsApp media and you can focus on your own content!