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

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Images you receive on your 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 you send and receive. iPhone users have also asked how they can save all pictures from Facebook or how to simply save a single image from Facebook. We’ll cover all of these subjects with step-by-step instructions. Let's get started learning 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 text or photos you’ve sent to them. iPhones with 3D Touch make it particularly easy to save a photo, since you can press the picture and reveal a menu of options, including saving and sharing. 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 web 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 without 3D Touch (earlier than iPhone 6s) you'll need to:

  • Tap the photo.
  • Tap the icon at the lower left of your display.
  • Choose Save Image to save your photo.

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How to Mass Save Images from Messages on iPhone

  • Open the text with the images you want to save.
  • Tap the person's name at the top of the text thread.
  • Tap the info icon on the right.

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  • Scroll to the very bottom, you’ll see all the images you and your friend have sent each other.
  • 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. After tapping, there will be a blue circle with a check mark in the corner.
  • At the bottom left of the screen, tap Save [#] Images.

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  • 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

  • From the Facebook app, locate the photo you'd like to save to your iPhone’s 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 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 Your Facebook Information.
  • Below your information, you’ll see the option to Download Your Information. Click View.

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  • Now you'll have a choice of which data you'd like to archive. If you're only interested in downloading your photos, click Deselect All, then check off only the Photos box.

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  • Now choose the date range, the format, and the quality for your photos file and click Create File.

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Next, Facebook will inform you it will take them some time to archive all your photos and make them available for download. 

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