WhatsApp for Android now gets customized Media Visibility feature for any specific chat. This is quite an expansion of the original experience that debuted on the WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.159 last month but was no longer a part of the app in recent versions. So this feature helps users to hide or show the WhatsApp media content in the gallery that users have received from a particular contact or group. The fresh experience would be now available through the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.194. Earlier this month, WhatsApp for Android has already received a new beta version with a feature to enable labels on forwarded messages. Also, this Facebook-owned instant messaging app has also recently started brought group video and voice calling support to all Android beta users.


To look back, unlike the original Media Visibility version that was already a part of the Data and storage usage settings under the General Settings menu, the Media Visibility feature this time is available within Contact Info and Group Info. This refers to the fact that if users want to hide downloaded media from a particular contact in phone’s gallery, they need to go to Contact Info of that contact and then select No after tapping the Media visibility option. But in case users want to hide downloaded media from a group in the gallery, users need to go to Group Info of that group and then select No after tapping the Media visibility option. Notably, the visibility of downloaded media content is by default enabled in both contact and group cases.


Previously, the Media visibility was available to hide or show downloaded content received from all the contacts in the gallery. It was a part of the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.194, though WhatsApp silently removed the feature in the last version.

To conclude, as per the reports by WABetaInfo, the expansion of the Media Visibility feature is live for users with the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.194.