How Can I Save Photos I Received in a Text on My iPhone?

How Can I Save Photos I Received in a Text on My iPhone?

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How do I save a picture someone texted to me on my iPhone?


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Dear Save Me,

The quickest way to save photos and videos from the Messages app is to do a quick double tap on the image while in the Messages conversation. This will bring up a menu with the options Copy, Save, and More.... Tap Save and the image will be save to your All Photos album in the Photos album.

If you've already tapped once to open the image, just tap one more time to bring up the share icon in the lower left corner. Tap this icon and choose Save Image from the menu that pops up.


If there are a lot of images you want to save, you can access all images a person has texted you at once instead of scrolling through the conversation to find them individually. Just open the text conversation with that person and tap Details to the right of their name. On the details page, scroll down to the bottom to see all the images. Open the images you want to save one by one and follow the directions in the previous paragraph for saving.

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As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.