WhatsApp Orphan/Unreferenced Media Cleanup

WDS

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Dec 19, 2009
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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!
 

iso.s

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Oct 18, 2013
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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 !
 

theunf

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Jul 30, 2008
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São Paulo
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.
 

hassan987

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Any update on this issue ? Its driving me nuts having close to 20 gigs of unreferenced media in my phone.....I'm pretty sure Whatsapp can easily introduce a "cleanup" feature based on the same algorithm that generates the "storage" figure.

Once its done cleaning the Drive backup is as easy as deleting the old backup and creating a new one.

Question is what's the best way to submit this "feature request" which is in fact more like a bug report?