Daily Tip: How to save photos from Facebook for iPhone

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Driving yourself nuts trying to figure out how to take photos from the Facebook for iPhone app? Don't worry, it's not you, it's them. Unlike iOS, you just can't tap, hold and select Save Image from a pop up. That functionality just doesn't come with the Facebook app. But don't worry, we have a work around and we're going to share it with you, after the jump.

Here's how to quickly and easily save photos from Facebook to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad camera roll.

  1. Launch the Facebook app.
  2. Go to the picture you would like to have saved to your iPhone.
  3. Press and hold the Home button and then quickly press the Sleep/Wake button. (Yes, you're taking a screenshot!)
  4. Now, go to your Camera Roll and you will find the image that you just saved.

Why this feature was not built into the app originally, I am not sure, but this is a quick and easy way to get all the pictures you want off of the Facebook app.

Any other Facebook photo tips to share? Let us know in comments!

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Jbbarrette says:

Can't you just put your finger on the screen fir a couple seconds, and a pop up will appear and you can then 'save image'?

Jbbarrette says:

Never mind, you cant! (I don't use facebook)

Readb4asking says:

Didn't you read the article?

Avenged110 says:

You also can't copy/paste from the app or mobile version. Sometimes FB just bothers the shit outta me....

Coffeegrower says:

This works okay, but the resulting pic is limited to the resolution of your phone's screen. If you want to save the pic at full resolution, you can go to Facebook in Safari, select "Desktop Site" from the More tab, navigate to the pic, then do the hold and select thingy.

Walt says:

Also what I would have recommended.

Moglixxx says:

or FBphotoSave in cydia for you jailbroken users

Freiteez says:

All I gotta say is
Stalker status

C. Pham says:

AWESOME TIP!!! Thank you so much! I was JUST Trying to do this a few minutes ago :) Perfect timing!

Jlemaster1985 says:

You could also save all this headache, jailbreak the phone, and download Fbphotosave from cydia. Long press, save image, done. Saved right in camera roll, "Winning!"

Chris Matchett says:

That sounds like more of a headache

JH says:

Did not realize this existed -- thanks!

eifeks says:

You can use Opera Mini. There is a Download Photo link under images. :)

Phil DeLong says:

Yea, I'm gonna go ahead and say they probably don't allow this because it can be used for very creepy ends.

M_Stephens says:

Use picture fetcher for Facebook... This let's you download multiple photos.

TEEK says:

Just an FYI in case...
The method you described of capturing images from the iPhone facebook app is not actually a undisclosed "feature" that was built into the app, but is a feature that was built into the iPhone hardware for taking general screenshots. So you can do this anytime, for anything you need.
I know this page is for anyone who is new to using an iPhone but just wanted to clarify it's purpose a little more.

Bikenutt says:

In addition with something like the free Genius Scan app which has lots of useful functionality you can also crop pics saved in Camera Roll. Handy tool for cropping faces from pics to add to contacts.

Keith Saint says:

New Facebook app update allows for saving photos from within app. No one has to do this workaround anymore after they update.

Volkov Carpathia says:

When looking at a photo in Facebook, if you press the icon in the lower left, you now have the option to save image. This will put it in the camera roll

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Craig says:

Upper right corner. Click the arrow then click save photo.

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Name says:

There a view full screen on somewhere below the uploader's name, click it and you will have full screen of the picture. you can save images there by holding the screen

Marty Labamba says:

You are smart! Excelent. Thanks

Sasha Tatay says:

thank you.... i have sent 3 hours trying to figure this out and have visit other answers on google, but this really work awesome

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