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How to delete photos sent on WhatsApp

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Preliminary information

Prima di enter the live tutorial, walking to spiegare how to delete photos sent on WhatsApp, it is my duty to provide you with some preliminary information in this regard.

Let's start from a fixed point: deleting photos and images sent in conversations on WhatsApp is always feasible but, depending on the needs as well as the timing used to perform this operation, it is possible to perform the removal for all users participating in the chat or just for himself.



So, in the first case, the photos you sent will no longer be available to other users, while in the second they will continue to be and the participants in the conversation will continue to view them (they will only disappear from your chat screen). To delete photos (and messages) for other people as well, you must intervene before they see the content you have sent.

Net of everything, you can perform the removal of messages for all within about an hour, but for this to be successful it is essential that those who participate in the conversation have the most recent version of WhatsApp for the device used. In this regard, I recommend reading my guide on how to update WhatsApp.

Also keep in mind that when you decide to delete content on WhatsApp for everyone, you will see the message in its place You have deleted this message. The other participants in the conversation will see the message instead This messaggio è stato eliminato (and the related notification will also disappear from their devices).

How to delete photos sent on WhatsApp on Android

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the point and let's find out, therefore, how to delete the photos sent on WhatsApp. Let's start with the devices Android.



To get started, take your device, unlock it, access the home screen or drawer and select theWhatsApp icon (Quella with the green speech bubble and the telephone handset).

In the screen you see at this point, select the tab Chat present at the top and tap on conversazione concerning which you are interested in going to act. At this point, start scrolling the chat screen to locate the photo that you have sent and that you intend to delete.

After finding the message that contains the photo sent and you want to get rid of, press on it and continue to hold it down for a few moments, then tap on the icon of the dustbin located at the top and choose, from the menu that appears, the option Delete for all (if still available) or that Delete for me, taking into account the information I gave you at the beginning of the guide.

If you want, you can also delete multiple photos at the same time, by clicking on the additional images you are interested in going to act after selecting the first one and proceeding in the same way as I have already explained.

If, doing as I have just indicated, you do not find the photo to remove or in any case alternatively, you can act in this way: touch the name of the user or group located at the top of the chat screen, select the wording Media, link and documenti and tap on the tab Media.


When you find the photos you want to delete, press and continue to hold down on the first image of your interest, in order to mark it with a check mark; then select the others and tap on the icon dustbin located at the top. Finally, choose, from the box that appears, whether to delete the photos for all (if possible) or Only for you.


If you want to prevent the related media files from continuing to be present on the memory of your device, before proceeding with the removal of the photos as I have indicated above, also check the box next to the item Delete media in this chat from the delete menu.

As an alternative to how I have shown you, you can proceed later with the deletion of any photos that may be present on the phone's memory, following the instructions contained in my guide on how to free up space on Android.

How to delete photos sent to WhatsApp on iPhone

Possiedi a iPhone and would you like to understand how to delete photos sent on WhatsApp in that case? So take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and select theWhatsApp app icon (Quella with the green speech bubble and the white telephone handset).

In the app screen that you now see, select the item Chat present at the bottom, then tap on conversazione where you sent the photo you want to delete. Next, scroll through the chat screen looking for theimage say your interest.


Then, press on the message that contains the photo and continue to hold for a few moments, then select the item Delete from the menu that appears, press on the symbol of dustbin that is shown at the bottom left and choose, based on the details made at the beginning of the article, the option Delete for all (if available) or that Delete for me.

If necessary, you can also delete more than one photo at the same time by adding a checkmark in their correspondence after selecting the first one. The rest of the steps to be taken are identical to those I have indicated to you just now.


If by putting into practice the instructions I have just indicated you do not find the photo you want to remove or in any case alternatively, you can proceed as follows: press on the name of the user or group located at the top of the chat screen and then on the voice Media, link and documenti.

Then select the card Media present at the top, locate the photos you want to remove, tap on the wording Select, top right, and affix a checkmark in their correspondence; then click on the icon dustbin located at the bottom right and choose, from the menu that opens, the option to delete the photos for all (if possible) or Only for you.

After deleting certain photos from the chat, if these are present on the memory of your iPhone, you can consider removing them from there too, following the instructions I gave you in my guide dedicated specifically to how to delete photos from iPhone.

How to delete photos sent to WhatsApp on computer

In conclusion, let's see how to delete photos sent to WhatsApp from computer. First, start theWhatsApp application on your computer by selecting the relevant collegamento that you find in Start menu (on Windows) or yours icon annexed to Launchpad (on macOS). If you want to use Web WhatsAppinstead, start the browser you usually use to surf the Net from a PC (eg. Chrome) and go to its home page.

At this point, if you have not already done so, do the scan the QR code which is shown to you on the screen, in order to be able to connect to your account. If you don't know how to do it, open the WhatsApp app on your smartphone and proceed as follows.

  • Stai using Android, fai tap sul pulsating with i three dots vertically posto in alto a destra and selects the voice Web WhatsApp give the purpose menu.
  • Stai using an iPhone, if the dicitura Settings placed at the bottom right and then that Web WhatsApp.

After completing the above steps, scan the QR code that you see in the WhatsApp window on the PC with the mobile phone camera. For more details, I suggest you consult my specific guide on how to use WhatsApp on PC.

After establishing the connection, select from the left side of the WhatsApp screen on your computer the conversazione that contains the photo you want to delete and locate the photo in the chat.

Then click on the symbol of down arrow present in correspondence with the photo of your interest, choose the option Delete message from the menu that opens and, taking into account the information I gave you at the beginning of the guide, select the option Delete for all (if available) or that Delete for me give the riquadro che si apre.

As an alternative to how I have already explained to you or if you need to delete more than one photo at the same time, you can proceed as follows: click on name of the user or group that you find in the upper right part of the WhatsApp window after selecting the conversation, click on the link Media, link and documenti and select the scheda Media.

Next, affix a checkmark on the thumbnails of the photos you want to remove and click on the icon of dustbin present at the top, then choose, from the box that opens, the option to delete the photos for all (if possible) or Only for you.

Note that if the photos you sent on WhatsApp were present on your computer, they will remain in their original location. In that case, if you want to remove images from your PC as well, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my guides on how to delete files from your computer and how to delete photos from Mac.

How to send self-destructing photos and videos

Alternatively, you can take advantage of the feature View once di WhatsApp, which allows you to send photos and videos that self-destruct, after they have been viewed by the recipient.

This tool, available in the app of WhatsApp to Android e iOS, but also from PC (via the WhatsApp to Windows o MacOS as well as from Web WhatsApp), must be activated at each sending, by pressing the button (1) visible in the lower right corner, when selecting the selected multimedia element.

By acting in this way, after pressing the button with airplane icon to send the multimedia attachment, the photo or video you sent will be automatically deleted after the recipient sees it.

By doing so, it will therefore no longer be necessary to delete the multimedia element in question, to protect one's privacy and not even to make space in the device's memory: by activating this function, the multimedia files will not be saved in the multimedia gallery of those who received them.

That said, if you want to know more about how to use the tool in question, I invite you to deepen the subject, reading my tutorial on how to send self-destructing photos and videos on WhatsApp.

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