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Photos not saving/writing to gallery/my files storage.


I've been having this problem since last week and I noticed that pictures from the ff apps haven't been popping up on my gallery/my files app. 

•Messenger app

•Instagram stories ("automatic save to gallery when posting" seems to work but whenever I manually save an already posted story it doesn't work)

•VSCO (Photo editing app)

I tried solutions online like clearing the cache and data of the related apps including the "media storage" and restarting my phone, looking for the ".nomedia" file, and turning on "show hidden files" using ES File explorer and the stock files app. 


If anyone could help me with this without resetting to factory settings I would appreciate it. If not I guess I have no choice.