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How to view a picture in WhatsApp without opening the chat

With more than two billion active users, WhatsApp is by far the most popular messaging app on the market and it continues to evolve, offering new tips and tricks. 

One of the few downsides to WhatsApp is that senders of messages are notified when recipients receive and view a message in a chat, but there are a few ways around this that allow you to view a message or photo or video in WhatsApp without even opening the chat.

It is possible to hide those blue ticks in WhatsApp, but there is also another simple way to see content. 

Here, we outline five simple steps for viewing messages without even opening the chat.

How to view WhatsApp photos without opening the chat on IPhones

  1. First of all, come out of all chats on WhatsApp.
  2. Then press and hold on a particular chat and click the ‘More’option and then the ‘Export Chat’ option
  3. Next, save to ‘Files’
  4. At this point, you can select a folder you’ll remember and save the file there.
  5. Go to the file where you saved the exported chat and there you can access the download and you’ll find the photo you were looking for.

How to view WhatsApp photos without opening the chat on Android

Above, we explained how to pull off this trick for Apple’s iPhone devices. But, what about Android? Well, unfortunately, at this time this feature isn’t available for Android users to view content without clicking onto their WhatsApp chats in this way.

That’s because the ‘More’ and ‘Export Chat’ options can only be accessed from inside a chat on Android and not from pressing and holding on a chat from the home menu. Perhaps this will change in the future, but for the time being this WhatsApp privacy trick is only available for those accessing the messaging app via an iPhone.

More and more developments are coming from WhatsApp each month, with the latest also designed to help protect privacy. This new feature is for disappearing photos and videos.

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