How to Save Pictures from Mobile Safari on iOS

How to Permanently Save Pictures while Browsing in iOS

How to Save an Image in iOS
In iOS's Safari browser, you can touch and hold on a photo to save it permanently. © Sue Chastain

How to Save Pictures from Safari on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

Have you ever wanted to permanently save an image while browsing the web with mobile Safari on iOS? It's easy to do! Just touch and hold on the photo for about a second and a menu will pop up with the option to save or copy the picture.

The saved images are automatically placed in the default Photos app under an album called "Saved Photos" or "Camera Roll" depending on your device and version of iOS.

From the Photos app you can email a saved picture, assign it to a contact, or use it as your iPod's wallpaper.

Try the touch and hold gesture on photos in other iOS apps and browsers. It works in may apps besides mobile Safari.

The latest version of iOS- iOS 9 -contains the new 3D Touch feature. Grabbing an image from a Safari page, especially with the iPhone 6 S and iPhone 6S Plus,, is a bit different.

If you press and hold the image it does lift off the page but, when you release, the image drops back into place. To save the image to your camera roll, drag the image upwards. You will then see a menu asking if you want to save the image or copy it.