The Best Way to Save Multiple Photos from iMessage

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best solutions for saving multiple photos from iMessage and we’re going to show you how to recover the messages that were deleted from your iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 06, 2021

If you’ve been using an iPhone for a while, you’ve probably already noticed that the photos and videos you receive through the iMessage app don’t show up on the device’s camera roll. Unlike WhatsApp, this messaging app for iOS devices doesn’t offer a feature that enables you to save all images you receive through it to your iPhone.

Hence, the only way to automate this process is through third-party apps, but this could be a challenging and time-consuming task. iMessage does offer a way to save photos either individually or in bulk to the iPhone’s internal memory.

Now let’s take a look at some solutions for saving multiple photos from iMessage. Also, we’re going to teach you how to recover the messages and attachment files that were deleted from your iPhone.

How to Save Photos from iMessage?

The photos and videos your friends send to you through the iMessages app stay in that conversation. As a result, you can’t view or use them outside of the app which significantly limits your options.

However, saving a photo from iMessages is easy, as it takes just a few taps to make one or more photos available in the Camera Roll. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1. Launch the iMessage app on your device and navigate to the conversation thread that contains the images you want to save.

Step 2. Enter the conversation thread by tapping on it, and start browsing through it until you find the first picture you want to move to the Camera Roll. Long-press the image until you see the popup menu underneath the image.

Step 3. Tap on the Save Image option, and the image will be added to the device’s Pictures. Repeat this process to save multiple images from iMessages to iPhone’s or iPad’s picture gallery.

Select Photos from iMessage to Save to iPhone

Select Photos from iMessage to Save to iPhone

Repeating the same steps for each photo or video you want to save can be tiresome, especially if you want to save a large number of multimedia files. Fortunately, there is a much easier and faster way to move images from a conversation thread in the iMessage.

Also, saving images individually means that you have to scroll through the entire chat history to find a picture or video you received months or years ago. Let’s take a look at how you can avoid this and save multiple photos from iMessages simultaneously without having to go through months of chat history.

Step 1.  Launch the iMessage app on your iOS device, and then find the chat thread that contains the images you want to save.

Step 2. Locate the contact who sent you the images, tap on it to enter the chat thread, and then tap on the contact’s name that is displayed at the top of the screen.

Doing so will reveal the Audio, FaceTime, and info icons. Tap on the info icon to view the images you received from that contact. Once the new window opens you’ll be able to see the Photos and Screenshot tabs, so you need to make sure that the Photos tab that contains videos and photos is selected.

The latest four images in the chat thread will be displayed after you open the Photos tab, and you just have to tap on them to select them. Tap on the share icon and choose the save option if you want to save just one photo.

Step 3. In case you want to save more than one photo at the same time, you will have to tap on the See All Photos option that is located in the Photos tab. The app will then generate a preview of all the images in that chat thread.

Proceed to tap on all the photos you want to save, and a blue checkmark that indicates that a photo is selected will appear in the lower right corner of each photo you tap on. Afterward, you just have to tap on the Save button in the lower-left corner of the screen and all photos you selected will be added to the iPhone’s Camera Roll.

Save Several Photos from iMessage to iPhone

Save Several Photos from iMessage to iPhone

Bonus Tips – How to Recover Deleted iMessage on iPhone

The textual or visual messages you receive through the iMessage app, cannot be retrieved after they’ve been deleted directly from the app. Hence, you need to use a third-party app like the PhoneRescue for iOS to gain access to your deleted messages once again.

PhoneRescue for iOS can help you recover lost data with a high success rate, and its NO-DATA-LOSS technology enables you to choose which files you want to recover. PhoneRescue for iOS is a versatile app that prevents data loss in case you cracked a device’s screen, deleted a file by mistake, forgot the device’s passcode, and numerous other scenarios.

Let’s take a look at how you can use the PhoneRescue for iOS to recover texts, photos, or videos you deleted in the iMessages app.

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS on the Computer

Open the PhoneRescue for iOS app on your computer, and then connect the iOS device to that computer. The software will recognize the device automatically, and you should enter its recovery mode.

Step 2. Choose Recover from iOS Device

You will be able to choose if you want to recover the files from the device, a backup, or iCloud. Choose the recover files from the iOS device option if the iMessages you deleted weren’t backed up or stored on iCloud and click on the Arrow button in the lower right corner of the screen.

PhoneRescue for iOS Overview

Choose Recover from iOS Device

Step 3. Click on iMessage to Scan

Once the new window loads, you will be able to see all the apps from which you can recover data. The Select All checkbox will be selected by default, and you have to tap on it to deselect it.

Make sure that just the iMessage app is selected, then click OK and click on the Arrow button to initiate the analysis process. Once the analysis of the device is completed the software will display all data is detected.

Choose Messages to Scan

Choose Messages to Scan

Step 4. Preview and Retrieve Deleted Messages

Browse through the list of files revealed by the device analysis and click on the checkbox next to each file you want to recover. You’ll be able to see the Recover to Computer and Recover to Device buttons at the lower right corner of the screen.

Which option you’re going to choose depends on where you want to save the recovered files, so pick the Recover to Device option if you want the recovered files to be available on your iPhone. The recovery process will begin as soon as you click on one of these buttons, so just wait until the files are recovered and go to the destination folder afterward to start using the recovered files.

Recover Messages

Recover Messages

Conclusion

Moving the images you receive through iMessage from this app to the Camera Roll is easy regardless of the method you choose. The app lets you save individual images by simply long-pressing them and choosing the Save option from the popup menu.

Optionally, you can use the app’s info menu to search for images you received a while ago and download them in batches. The iMessage app doesn’t have the recovery option so once you delete a photo or text you need to use a third-party app to recover it.

The PhoneRescue for iOS software lets you choose which files you want to recover and enables you to go through this process smoothly. Was this article helpful? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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