Skip to Content
searching through digital photos
© Deyangeorgiev | Dreamstime.com
How-tos

Use this trick to instantly find images and videos in your messages

Stop endlessly scrolling through your text messages to find what you need. If you have one bit of information, you can search for it in any conversation. Tap or click here to find any message you’re looking for in seconds.

There’s also a neat trick to find an image or video you shared or received from a person or group. You can see everything they shared with you and even search for a particular image.

Read on for the best ways to find photos and videos in your iPhone and Android text messages. We’ve also included instructions for two of the most popular messaging apps.

How to search for photos and videos on iPhone and Android

Browse the photos and videos you shared on your iPhone

  • Open Messages.
  • Tap on a conversation, then tap on the contact/group name or profile photo.
  • Scroll down to the Photos section and tap See All to see your shared photos and videos.

Search the photos and videos you shared on your iPhone

  • Open Messages.
  • Type in a word or search term in the Search bar.
  • Scroll down to Photos and tap See All.

RELATED: Having a hard time sending videos from your Android to an iPhone? Use this app

Browse the photos and videos shared on your Android phone

  • Open the Messages app.
  • Tap the search bar at the top. Select images or videos.
  • From here, you can scroll through all the photos or videos shared with you in text messages.

Finding media in third-party messaging apps

Now that you know how to find shared media on your phone’s built-in messaging apps, here’s how to do the same with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Browse the photos and videos you shared on Facebook Messenger

  • Open Facebook Messenger.
  • Tap on a conversation, then tap on the contact/group name or profile photo.
  • Tap View media, files & links under the More actions section to see your shared photos and videos.

NOTE: While Facebook Messenger has a search function, it doesn’t work for the media you’ve shared in chats.

RELATED: Hackers are after Google and Facebook accounts – Give yours this quick check now

Browse the photos and videos you shared on WhatsApp

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Tap on a conversation, then tap on the contact/group name.
  • Tap Media, Links, and Docs to see your shared photos and videos.

Search the photos and videos you shared on Whatsapp

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Type in a word or search term in the Search bar.
  • Tap Photos.

You may also like: All the things you can do on Android phones (but still can’t do on iPhones)

Komando Community background

Join the Komando Community

Get even more know-how in the Komando Community! Here, you can enjoy The Kim Komando Show on your schedule, read Kim's eBooks for free, ask your tech questions in the Forum — and so much more.

Try it for 30 days