How to save text message images to your phone

Getting text message images happens almost daily as our smartphones are always with us. We can take a look at these photos with a simple tap and we can share them with our friends. While text message images are great for quickly sharing special moments, what do you do if you want to make sure you transfer your message photos to your computer? Or what if you wan to be able to save the message image into your phone’s photo collection? In other words, how do you get to use your text message photos? Read on to learn how to save your text message photos to your phone’s photo gallery.

How do you use text message images?

Let’s ask a simple question first: What does it mean to use a text message images?

These days you can do so many things with text message photos directly from the messaging app. You can post it to different applications like Facebook or Instagram…that’s easy!

But what if you want to save this message photo along with your other photos on your phone? Or you want to download it to your computer. How about you want to cleanup your text messages but keep a particular message photo?

In these cases you want to save your message images to your phone’s photo collection. Once your message photos are saved to your phone’s local storage, they are safe and you can use them in multiple ways.

Here are the steps for saving text message images to your mobile phone.

Save message photos from iPhone iMessage to Photos

On iOS, which is what the iPhones are using, you have two ways for downloading text message photos to the local storage.

  1. Open the message you received
  2. Tap the photo and hold your finger pressed a couple of seconds until the actions screen comes up.
  3. Tap the Save option. Now you can view the message photo with your other photos.

Save your text message images on iPhone by a long press
save text message images on ios by long press

The second procedure involves the sharing button.

The iPhone has an additional way for saving message images to your phone’s photo gallery. This method is more intuitive and has more sharing options.

  1. Open the message you received
  2. Tap the photo…just a simple tap and release.
  3. You will see the Sharing button on the bottom left now.
  4. Tap the Sharing button.
  5. Tap Save Image.

Save your text message images on iPhone by simple tap
save text message images on ios by simple tap

Once you tap the Share button, you will see the Sharing Image screen where you can choose to save your message photo to your phone’s photo collection.

The Sharing screen allows you to save your message photo to your iPhone’s photo gallery
Choose Save Image on the iPhone sharing screen to save locally

Save message photos from Android Messages to Google Photos

On Android there is only one way to save text message images to your phone’s photo gallery. Even though I use an iPhone, I find this procedure easier on the Android. Here it is.

  1. Open the message with the photo
  2. Tap the photo
  3. Tap the Save icon on the top right.
  4. Now you can view this message photo with your other images in Google Photos.

Saving text message images on Android
saving text message images on android

Check your text message photo metadata

Especially if you receive a text message image from an Android phone, you will notice that the date of the image is today’s date. Every digital photo taken by a modern phone has the date when the image was taken embedded in the image file itself (it’s called photo metadata). However, when sending digital photos via Android Message, the photo’s metadata is being stripped away. This includes geotags (image location) and the date when the picture was taken.
This means that in order for your photo to appear nicely according to when the picture was taken, you have to manually change the photo’s date on your computer.

Essentials for organizing your digital photos

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If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.

Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.

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