How to Save Images from Safari or Mail Onto the iPad & iPhone
Saving pictures from websites or emails on to the iPad or iPhone is very easy once you learn how. This may be a bit of a beginners tip, but after fielding the question multiple times from relatives and even seeing it popup in comments on wallpaper posts, there are clearly a fair amount of people who aren’t aware of how simple the process is. We’ll show you how to save pictures that are either included in an email from the Mail app, or how to download and save an image from the web through the Safari app. Both are extremely simple and rely on the tap-and-hold method that is frequently used in iOS.
Saving Images from the Web with Safari
Let’s start off with downloading images from the web browser:
- From Safari, navigate to the website with an image you want to save
- Tap and hold on the image until the pop-up selection menu appears, then tap “Save Image”
- Find the saved image within Photos app
An image saved from the web will turn up in “Camera Roll” just like any other picture stored on the device or photo taken with the camera.
Saving photos from Mail is basically the same, but has the added bonus of allowing you to save a group of pictures that were sent via email as attachments.
Save Images from Mail Attachments on the iPad or iPhone
Downloading images from email to local storage is simple too:
- From Mail app, open the email containing the images
- Tap and hold on an image and select “Save Image” from the pop-up menu, or if there are multiple images and you want to save them all, tap “Save # Images”
- Exit out of Mail and launch Photos app to find the saved images
The “Save All Images” button is by far the quickest method if there are many pictures attached to a single email, though if you’re on a cellular plan without unlimited data you may want to consider whether or not to load them all now or when connected to a wi-fi network since photos can end up being quite large.
Once the pictures have been saved to Photos you can perform basic photo editing on them using the built-in tools, which allow for things like rotate, red eye reduction, and cropping. They can also be modified with third party apps at this point, whether it’s something like the excellent Snapseed tool or iPhoto.
Be aware that having pictures stored locally will count against the free iCloud backup capacity and will be listed under “Camera Roll”, unless specified otherwise in iCloud backup settings. Photos can also take up quite a bit of storage capacity, so it’s a good idea to regularly back them up to a computer or hard drive if you’re looking to conserve space on an iOS device.