How WhatsApp Search Helps to Find Images and Videos Easily

Being the most popular app and mostly used messaging application, WhatsApp keeps bringing more and more features to its application all the time. Voice and Video Calls, Group Call, etc. are some of them.

WhatsApp search was also an important feature that helps users to find some old messages from their chat. Since WhatsApp is being used as the primary source of communication for personal and business purposes, search for old messages is needed in daily life.


Earlier WhatsApp search provided the option for universal search. While typing a word, the application will search for that keyword in text messages. In that case, no option available to find images, videos, documents, etc. The universal search option sometimes causes issues if the messages and the chats are large.

When the chat history and the messages list are broad, it might take some time in the general search, and importantly users might find it challenging to find the correct history. Since the search result is a combination of all messages and it is not in any order.

The same search option got updated and added some additional options or merely some filters in the window. Let see how to search in the advanced option on WhatsApp.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp, and on the top right corner, you can find the search icon. Click on that.

Step 2: You can find a text field on the search page where you type the keyword as the search term. Under the text field, you can find some other options like Photos, Videos, Links, Gifs, Audio, Document.


Step 3: Click on any option as per your preference. Now type the word in the text field.

Here WhatsApp will show only items related to that keyword in a particular category.

For example, if you type ‘smartphone’ and selected ‘Photos’, the result will show all the related images with the keyword ‘smartphone’. Similarly, you can find Videos, Gifs, Documents, Audio, etc. with this option.

If you entered any keyword and didn’t select any option, WhatsApp will automatically search the keyword in text messages and other categories, too, and list the results together.

The advanced filter helps to search and find items specifically in each area, which is so handy and helpful in most cases.

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