When media are received through Whatsapp groups and contacts, they are stored in the storage and are available for the media scanner to list them. When I view Whatsapp videos folder in MXPlayer I see the videos that I received through Whatsapp.

Occasionally when I see such an interesting video or image I forward to some people or group, but later to realize that I received it through them. This strikes only when I open the chat history to see the same media sent by someone else?

Question: In this situation I want to find out the sender (or the group) without opening and scanning the Whatsapp messages to avoid this embarrassment. I guess the file naming convention only helps to find the date and time.

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You can take a look at media's metadata. If the sender's name is there you can identify it that way. Otherwise you can ask WhatsApp developers to add sender's name into the title or something. Or if you want you can manually sort the files.

It's all up to the app.

  • How do you look the metadata? I tried to view the properties of a media in /sdcard/WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Video/ and could not figure out who sent it.
    – Narayanan
    Aug 25, 2016 at 4:14
  • @Narayanan Go to a picture in gallery -> Open menu -> Click Details -> Profit
    – jan
    Aug 26, 2016 at 11:52
  • Metadata contains no info about the sender.
    – hikari
    Jun 15, 2017 at 6:58

Ah! I had the same problem, I am a member of "many" groups of which friends added me there. So problem is I can't leave, because I don't want to dis-heart them.

So I had one idea on how to know without checking all the messages and going to Chat Rooms etc. Just Click on Group Icon, Select Info Icon now and there you will find Media. Yeah with media now you have Name of sender. You can actually check all the media without knowing them that you read the messages. :p

I don't think it's exact answer of your question, but it's called 'Work Around' LoL


When you open the Video/Image in the gallery , sort to view it by dates ,open the details it will show 20170622 which is the YY:MM:DD , If you hadn't deleted the whatsapp Chat it would be easy to figure out from Medias Metadata , just a suggestion.


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