iPhone tip: How to save an image on the web to your iPhone Camera Roll (reader mail)Angela writes: Once in awhile I’ll come across a picture on the Internet that I’d like to copy and paste into my iPhone’s photo album. I know how to copy & paste text, but what about photos (or can you)?

Hi Angela! Good question—and yes, you can copy images from your iPhone’s web browser to the Camera Roll, or even send a web photo via email or picture message. The secret? A simple tap & hold.

iPhone tip: How to save an image on the web to your iPhone Camera Roll (reader mail)

Once you've copied a photo from the web, you can paste it into a picture message or an email.

Got your fingertip ready?

  • In the iPhone’s mobile Safari browser, tap and hold the photo or image you’d like to save.
  • In a second or so, a window with three buttons—”Save Image,” “Copy,” and “Cancel”—will pop up. Go ahead and tap “Save Image.”
  • Go back to the iPhone’s home page, then tap Photos, Camera Roll; the image you just saved should be sitting right here.
  • Next, try this: go back to the image on the web, tap and hold it, then tap the “Copy” button.
  • Return to the main iPhone menu, tap Messages, pick a lucky friend to send your image to, tap and hold the blank where your message goes, and tap “Paste” when the button appears.
  • Presto—the image should pop into the dialog box. Tap “Send” to deliver the photo to your pal via picture message.

Note: This tip also works on the iPad and iPod Touch.

Have more questions, or an iPhone tip of your own that you’d like to share? Let me know!

comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe now—it's free!

Subscribe now—it's free!

Get tech deals from here’s the thing delivered straight to your inbox.

Thanks! To confirm your subscription, please click the link we just sent to your mail inbox.