It doesn't take long to accrue a significant number of images in the Messages app on your iPhone, especially if you have snap-happy friends. Saving these to your device or iCloud Photo Library isn't an automatic feature, though, as it takes a few extra steps to make it happen.

In this article we show a couple of easy ways to ensure that these moments are not lost, like tears in rain.

Saving a single image or video

Open the Messages app on your iPhone, then find the conversation that contains the images you want to save.

Tap on the conversation to open it, then scroll down until you find the relevant image. Tap and hold on the image until the contextual menu appears.

This give you three options - Copy, Save, and More… - select the Save button.

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Now, when you open the Photos app you should see that the image has been added to your collection.

Saving multiple images or videos

On some occasions, you might want to add several photos or videos to your library in one go, and there's an easy way to do that too.

Just like with the single image process, open the Messages app, then navigate to the conversation that contains the images in question.

This time you'll want to tap on the icon in the top righthand corner that looks like an i with a circle around it. This opens up the contact page for the person who sent you the photos, but it also has all of the images included in their messages, handily gathered together.

Tap and hold one of the images you want to save, then when the contextual menu options appear, tap More...

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Now you'll be able to select the various photos or videos just by tapping on them. A blue circle with a tick inside lets you know which images you've chosen.

When you've selected all of the ones you want, tap on the Save XXX Attachments option at the bottom of the page and they will all be added to your Photos library.

There you go! A few simple steps to add photos from text messages into your collection. If you want to know more about what you can do with them afterwards, such as organising and editing, try reading our How to use the Photos app on Mac article for some mighty fine ideas.