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WhatsApp Orphan/Unreferenced Media Cleanup

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By WDS, Junior Member on 28th May 2017, 05:37 PM
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Hello All,

Can anyone help me with one problem, please? This is regarding WhatsApp media history. It is growing too large and consuming space with unnecessary media files.
I did "Clear chat" activity for some threads I believed were obsolete. But surprisingly, although chats were cleared, media files themselves were left untouched in the file system!

As a result I now have lots of orphan media files, which are not referenced in any WhatsApp chat. I cannot simply delete WhatsApp Media folder from the file system, as I have useful media there.

So my question: is there any way to scan the WhatsApp Media folder and delete orphaned/unreferenced media files?

I'm using Galaxy S8.

Thank you!
7th June 2017, 11:56 AM |#2  
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I have exactly the same problem, also looking for a solution here.
If anyone have a clue on this, please share.

Thank you !
12th July 2019, 08:03 AM |#3  
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I'm on same page in 2019.

Whatsapp backup on android seems to do a differencial backup on all files of whatsapp folder and is always larger than whats being listed on Storage option.

My ratings are so bad: Storage says 17gb and backup says 60gb ;/

If I use file manager apps to delete dupes, some chats will not present the media.

It would be awesome to have an app to defrag whatsapp chats and media files.
13th September 2019, 05:03 PM |#4  
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Hi. I have this problem too! Storage says 19GB but actually its taking up 38GB!
Yesterday, 07:48 PM |#5  
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Count me in as well. 2.6GB vs 3.16GB. It may not seem much but it's on a Note 5 with just 32GB of storage and I'm trying to squeeze every available byte.
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