The Fastest Way to Save Photos from Messages on iPhone

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Saving photos from the Messages app used to be fairly tedious. Now you can download and save photos with the tap of a single button! We'll show you the quickest way to save photos from text messages, plus review where items are saved once downloaded.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Faster, easier photo downloads that save directly to your Photos app library.
  • Saved photos will also sync to iCloud as long as iCloud Photo Library is set up.

How to Save Photos from Messages on iPhone in iOS 16

This tip is quick and easy! Here's the quickest method to download photos from messages on iPhone. Want to learn about more iPhone tricks and new features? Try our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

  1. Open the Messages app and navigate to the conversation that contains the photo or photos you want to save.

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  2. There will be a tiny download icon next to the image(s).
  3. Tap the download icon.

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  4. The first time you do this, you may see a notification about iCloud. If this occurs, confirm as prompted.

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  5. The download icon will briefly turn blue, and then it will change into a check mark for a moment and disappear.

And that's it! It really is the fastest way to save photos on iPhone from text messages. Now, check your Photos app Library to find the downloaded pictures.

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Author Details

Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.