How to Fix WhatsApp Photos Are Not Showing in Gallery on iPhone

If your WhatsApp photos aren’t showing in your gallery it could be due to improper settings, a lack of storage space, a problem with the app, or even a poor internet connection. Thankfully, there are several ways to fix this issue if you’re experiencing it.

Using WhatsApp is a great way to communicate with friends and family and has billions of users around the world. While it’s great for messaging, it’s also wonderful for sending and receiving photos.

But what if WhatsApp photos aren’t showing up in your iPhone camera roll? Read on to learn why this is the case, and what you can do to fix it.

Key Takeaways

  • WhatsApp photos may not be showing up in your gallery because of incorrect settings, your device not having enough storage space, a problem with the app, or due to a lackluster internet connection.
  • To fix the problem, you can adjust the setting in WhatsApp that designates where photos are automatically saved.
  • Other ways to try and fix this issue include freeing up some storage space on the phone, restarting or updating the app, or improving your internet connection.

Reason 1: Improper Settings

For WhatsApp photos to show up in your camera roll/gallery on the iPhone, you need to have the right settings in place. To check your WhatsApp settings, open the app, click Settings > Chats, and make sure that Save to Camera Roll is turned on.

If that is turned on, but the photos still aren’t showing up in your gallery, you could be blocking WhatsApp’s access to your photos. To check if this is the case, go to Settings > WhatsApp, and make sure that the app has access to your photos.

Without permission to access your photo library, WhatsApp will be unable to save photos there automatically.

Reason 2: A Lack of Storage Space

If you have the proper setting and WhatsApp photos still aren’t showing and/or saving in your gallery, there are a few reasons why. First, it could be a lack of storage space on your device.

If there is no or very little storage space available, it should come as no surprise that photos won’t be able to be downloaded or saved. To check the storage space of your device, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

If the device is almost full, you can delete some of the apps you don’t use, clear up some old message conversations, delete some photos, and more to free up some space.

Reason 3: Problem with the App

Next, a problem within the app itself could be to blame, such as a random glitch or strange bug. These can often be fixed by closing and/or restarting the app.

Doing this is as easy as swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing near the middle. A gallery of app previews will open up and you can navigate to the app you want to close and then swipe up to close it.

If closing and restarting the app doesn’t work, consider checking for an update of WhatsApp in the App Store. To do this, open the App Store, click on your profile at the top right corner of the screen, and then scroll down to see if there is any update available for WhatsApp.

If that’s still unsuccessful, consider uninstalling and reinstalling the app as that clears the cache and can remove temporary files that could be causing the problem.

In addition to an issue with the app, it could be a problem with your phone. As a result, trying to restart your device if you encounter issues like this is a good idea. 

To restart an iPhone, you need to press and hold the side power button and either of the volume buttons until a Power Off slider appears on-screen. Then, simply slide it to the right and wait about 30 seconds or so for the device to shut down.

To start it back up, press and hold the side power button until the Apple logo shows up.

Reason 4: Poor Internet Connection

Last but not least, a subpar internet connection could lead to photos not showing or being properly saved in your gallery. Without an internet connection, the phone won’t be able to download the photos to save them to your gallery in the first place.

If you’re in public, try to find some free wifi to use, or at least go somewhere that has a stronger data connection.

If you’re at home and have Wifi, consider restarting your home internet to see if that repairs the issue. Also, having other things downloading or taking up bandwidth space could lead to slower-than-expected internet at home, as well.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s due to incorrect settings, a problem with the app, or a subpar internet connection, there are several reasons why your WhatsApp photos aren’t showing properly in your gallery.

I hope this guide helped you learn more about these potential causes, and how you can fix the issue going forward.

Is there anything you feel I should have added to this guide, but left out? If so, let me know in a comment.

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