How to Pin Shared Content in Messages with iOS 15

Learn how to pin items shared with you in Messages to make them easier to find later.

Gone are the days of scrolling through texts to find a YouTube video your friend sent several weeks ago. With iOS 15, you can pin shared file links for easy access in Shared with You. We'll show you the quick method to pin items in Messages for easy access later.

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Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Avoid scrolling to find recipes, photos, and links sent in the Messages app.
  • Open related apps to quickly view pinned files sent via text message. 

How to Pin Messages Content in Shared with You on iPhone

Once you pin a shared item, the file will appear at the top of the Shared with You section in the related app, such as Photos or Safari. This is a new iOS 15 feature, so if you have an earlier software version you will need to update to iOS 15 before using this tip. To learn how to use the many great new features from iOS 15, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter! For now, here's how to pin shared items in Messages:

  1. Open Messages

  2. Navigate to the conversation thread that contains the item you'd like to pin. 
  3. Long press the item, such as a photo, web link, or News app article.

  4. Tap Pin

  5. To unpin shared content, long tap the item.

  6. Tap Unpin.

That's all there is to it! Once you've pinned a shared item in the Messages app, you can then open the related app and you will see the file at the top of the Shared with You section.

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is a Feature Writer for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.