How to Save Images, Pictures & Photos from an iPhone Message or Email

Have you been wondering how to save photos from your iPhone? Don't worry, you can easily save images you’ve received from email or Messages. Whether you've got a text from a friend with pictures of your road trip or an email from family with pics of the grandkids, you can save those snapshots to your iPhone with a couple of taps. Saving images on 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. Here's how to save pictures from email and messages on your iPhone.

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

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How to Save Pictures from Text Messages on iPhone

  • Tap on the Messages app.

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

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  • Tap and hold the photo.

  • Tap Save.

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  • The photo will appear in your Camera Roll; open your Photos app to view it.

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To Save Multiple Photos from a Message Thread on iPhone

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

  • Tap the i.

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  • Now tap and hold a photo you'd like to save.
  • Tap More.
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  • A check mark will appear; tap all the photos you want to save.
  • When you're finished choosing, tap Save.

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  • Your photos will appear in your Photos app.

How to Save a Picture from Email on iPhone

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

  • Tap the image.

  • To save the photo, tap the Share icon at the lower-left corner of your screen.

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  • Tap Save Image.
  • To save all the photos in the email, tap More instead of Save Image. 
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  • Next, tap Save # Images.
  • Images saved will appear in your Camera Roll in the Photos app.
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  • To copy and paste a photo from one email into a new email, tap Copy.

  • To paste a copied photo, start a new email. Tap and hold in the body of the email and select Paste.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

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.