How to Save (All) Pictures from Messages & Facebook on iPhone

Images you receive on iPhone don’t automatically save to your Photos app. But you can save pictures from messages on iPhone—you can even save all of the photos. iPhone users have also asked how they can save all pictures from Facebook or how to simply save a single picture from Facebook. We’ll cover all of these subjects with step-by-step how-tos. Some things have changed since the release of iOS 10, and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users in particular have noted some confusion with subtle changes to iMessage. No worries; here’s how to save pictures from text messages and Facebook on iPhone.

Related: How to Save Photos Taken Within Messages to the Photos App

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You can use this article to save photos friends have sent you via iMessage or photos you’ve sent to them. iPhone’s with 3D Touch make it particularly easy to save a photo, since you can Peek & Pop the photo, then swipe up to save. When it comes to Facebook, you can save pictures with the Facebook app on iPhone, but if you need to save all of your Facebook pictures, you’ll need to get on your computer and access Facebook within your browser. We’ll start with saving one or all photos from text messages, then move on to saving photos from Facebook.

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How to Save Photos from Text Messages on iPhone

  • Open the text conversation with the image in the Messages app.
  • Locate the image you want to save.
  • Tap and hold the image until options appear.
  • Tap Save. Your image will save to your gallery.

If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch (iPhone 6s (Plus) or iPhone 7 (Plus)), you can also 3D Touch the image to Peek & Pop it, then swipe up to reveal options. Tap Save.

How to Mass Save Images from Messages on iPhone

  • Open the text with the images you want to save.
  • Tap the icon in the upper right corner; it looks like an ‘i’ in a circle.
  • Scroll to the very bottom, you’ll see all the images your friend has sent you.
  • Tap and hold one of the images until options appear; tap More.

  • Now you can select as many of the images as you’d like. Tap each image you want to save. If selected, there will be a blue circle with a check mark in the corner.
  • At the bottom left of the screen, tap Save [#] Images.
  • This will save the photos to your Camera Roll or All Photos folder in the Photos app.

How to Save Photos from Facebook to Your iPhone

  • Locate the photo you want to save to your iPhone’s gallery also known as the Photos app.
  • Tap on the photo.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  • Select Save Photo.

  • The photo will appear in your Photos app.

​How to Download All Your Photos from Facebook

Facebook gives you the option to download all your data. This includes your photos. It’s good to know that this method isn’t the best if you want the highest quality images. But for the purpose of saving and sharing them, it should be perfectly sufficient. You’ll need to do this on your computer as it requires downloading a file. To do this,

  • Log in to Facebook on your computer.
  • Go to your Settings by clicking the down arrow next at the top right of the screen and selecting Settings.

  • Click General.
  • Below your information, you’ll see the option to Download a Copy of your Facebook data. Click the link.

  • Click Start My Archive.
  • Enter your Facebook password to verify it’s you.
  • Click Start My Archive again.

Facebook will inform you it will take them some time to collect all your information and that an email with a link will be sent to your primary email address when the data is ready for download. When the email comes, be sure to download your data quickly. The link will only work for a few days before you’ll have to start over.


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