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 of saving images directly to iOS devices is, and that’s OK, we’ll teach you!
In this walkthrough we’ll show you how to save pictures that are either included in an email from the Mail app, and how to download and save an image from the web through the Safari app. Both methods are extremely simple and quite similar, they rely on a tap-and-hold method that is frequently used in iOS. You’ll find this is the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and the pictures will download from the web or email to the local device. OK let’s get to it…
Save Images from the Web with Safari in iOS
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”, in the Albums or Photos view, just like any other picture stored on the device, and just like a photo taken with the camera. Thus, you just need to launch the Photos app and look at the most recent additions to find your saved pictures.
You’ll find this process is the same on all versions of iOS and on any iOS device, regardless of it being an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Older devices may have an earlier release of system software which makes it look a little different, but the feature to save a picture from Safari is the same.
The saved picture will always be in the “Photos” app of iOS as well.
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 iOS storage is simple too, and uses the same holding tap trick:
- 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
If there are multiple images, you’ll find a “Save All Images” button available. 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.
Again, this is the same on all devices and all versions of iOS, though it can look a little bit different depending on what software version is running on the iPhone or iPad. The function, however, is identical.
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, or even adding filters to stylize the image(s). The pictures can also be modified with third party apps at this point, whether it’s something like the excellent Snapseed tool, Photoshop, Instagram 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.