How Do I Save Photos from iPhone Texts?

How to get photos out of text messages and into your Camera Roll.

We all text, but as a term “texting” is kind of inaccurate. After all, we do more than send words to friends; we also share photos and videos. If you’re anything like the average iPhone user, you’re sending a lot of visual material through text. And that’s where it all typically stays, in our message histories, which can be problematic when we’re looking for that one awesome photo we sent to our BFF months ago.

But instead of scrolling through mountains of messages, we should all be saving those images and clips to our Camera Roll — especially since it’s so easy.

There are three ways to get photos and videos into an easier-to-access place. They all start with opening the Messages app and selecting the conversation with the sent photo.

  • You can tap the photo, then tap the Share icon at the bottom left of the screen, then select Save Image.
  • Option Two requires you to long-press the image — about a second or two — which pops open the reaction options, where you can tap Save at the bottom of the screen.
  • Finally, you can use 3D Touch to pull up the image. Once you do, drag the photo up and you’ll get three options: Copy, Save, and Forward.

All three options send the photo or video to your Camera Roll.

Pro Tip: There’s a nifty workaround to scrolling through a ton of texts to get to an image. Go into a message thread, tap the contact’s name at the top of the screen, then tap the Info icon. This will take you to an info page where every image ever shared in your conversation with that person is listed in reverse chronological order. Follow the same steps as above to save the images into your photo library. Talk about a time saver!

Now that your photos are freed from text purgatory, they’re much easier to print, post, share — and, yes, text again.

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