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WhatsApp media file naming convention

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Dear friends, experts,
is there an information on the generation of media file names in WhatsApp?
When does WhatsApp generate the name
When it is taken?
When it is received?
When it is sent?
When it is synched?
Is it possible to say
"This clip was sent/received on 1.12.2018"?
Could not find an answer after hours of goggeling.
Thank you
Bernhard Kotnig

Posted : 28/12/2018 9:04 am
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Quick synopsis for android

In Android the Video does it sit in?

WhatsApp/media/WhatsAppVideo/ (root)

If it sits in root it's received the date is 01/12/2018 and the WA0000 denotes its the first received video of the day via WhatsApp

If it sits in sent folder it is the first video of the day sent. the date is 01/12/2018 and the WA0000 denotes its the first video of the day sent via WhatsApp

WA0001 = second
WA0002 = third
and so on

Posted : 28/12/2018 9:51 am
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Dear pcook8198,
thank you very much for your immediate and clear response.
If it's ok for you, please let me ask two more questions
As I need this information officially
Where can I find this statement in an official paper (by WhatsApp)?
Does the numbering depend on the receivers counts or is it created from the transmitter?
Thank you again!
Kind regards
Bernhard Kotnig

Posted : 28/12/2018 10:30 am
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WA0000 numbering is dependant upon the handset you have

Ie two separate people using WhatsApp send you a video today at 0001 hrs 28/12/2018

They will both be VID-20181228-WA0000 on their handsets in the sent folder

The first video of the day to be received by your handset ie one of the two sent to your handset will be in the received folder named VID-20181228-WA0000 and the second vid to be received will be VID-20181228-WA0001. This is even though the corresponding videos on the two senders handset will be VID-20181228-WA0000

There are still issues that depending upon settings ie Auto download Via Data or WIFI only may cause certain issues.

I do stress though this is a very basic quick explanation of how it works.

The videos or picture with a VID/IMG-20181228-WA000X name RE generally created through the WhatsApp application itself. This means the user has started whatsApp and used the camera / video function of the handset through WhatsApp and not attached a picture or video from the DCIM folder.

Posted : 28/12/2018 11:12 am
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Thank you
Bernhard Kotnig

Posted : 28/12/2018 4:06 pm
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I have a question with my brother’s iphone X, the naming convention of photos is PHOTO-yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.jpg. These pictures are inside the Files app —> On my iPhone. Where is this naming convention coming from ? I have a hunch its whatsapp but I dont have proof.

Does anyone know whats going on? 

Posted : 27/02/2023 11:48 pm
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There are still problems that, depending on the settings (for example, whether Auto download is set to use Data or solely WIFI), may create various problems.

Posted : 15/03/2023 1:54 am
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The way to answer questions like this is to do your own experiments using the same versions of software, os and devices. Then see what conclusions you can draw.

Posted : 17/03/2023 6:30 pm
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