How to Save Photos from an iPhone Message or Email

Learn how to save pictures from text messages and email to safely store the memories in your iPhone Photos App.

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Have you been wondering how to save photos from your iPhone? With a couple of quick taps, you can easily save images you’ve received from email or Messages. Saving images on your iPhone from email or Messages is roughly the same process, but with email, you can also copy and paste the image from one email into a new email. We'll cover both methods, plus some quick ways to transfer those images from your iPhone to your desktop.

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How to Save Pictures from Text Messages on an iPhone

If interested, you can also learn how to save pictures from Facebook and the Messenger app as well as how to save text messages on iPhone. Here is how to save pictures from your iPhone text messages.

  1. Tap on the Messages App.

    Tap on the Messages App to open

  2. Tap on the conversation with the image you want to save.

  3. Tap and hold the photo.

    Tap and hold photo to select image in messages

  4. Tap Save.

    Tap Save to save the image to your iPhone photos

  5. The photo will appear in your Camera Roll; open your Photos App to view it.

    Tap on the Photos App to view saved image

Related: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer (Mac, PC, iCloud, & Airdrop)

How to Save Multiple Photos from a Message Thread on an iPhone

  1. In the message with the photo you want to save, tap the little arrow next to the sender's name. 

    Tap arrow next to contact name

  2. Tap the Info button.

    Tap the circled "i" info button to view message info

  3. Tap See All to view every photo in the message chain. 

    Tap "See All" to view all photos in message chain

  4. In the top-right corner, tap Select.

    Tap "Select" to choose photos to save
  5. When you're finished selecting multiple photos on your iPhone, tap Save. Your photos will appear in your Photos App.

    Tap Save

How to Save Pictures from Email on an iPhone

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  1. In the Mail App, open the email with the photo(s) you want to save.

  2. Tap and hold the image.

  3. Tap Save Image. (Or tap Share then Save Image if your iPhone is an older version.)

    Tap to save the emailed image in your Photos App

  4. To save all the photos in the email, tap Save # Images.

  5. The saved images will appear in your Camera Roll in the Photos app.

Also, if you'd like to quickly copy/paste a photo from one email to another: Tap Copy (shown in the screenshot above) and start a new email. Tap and hold in the body of the email and select Paste.

How to Save an Image on a Mac from Your iPhone

If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, once you've saved an image to your iPhone's Photos app from Messages or Mail, those pictures are automatically uploaded to your iCloud Photo Library. You can access your photos directly from your iCloud account or any device where you're logged in to your iCloud account or by sharing the images through Airdrop. You can also connect your iPhone directly to your PC or Mac with a USB cable. For more detailed instructions, visit our related post on how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.  

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