[Updated] 3 Easy Ways to Save Photos from WhatsApp

December 07, 2020Ashley Mae

WhatsApp is a free and popular instant messaging app which brought by Facebook. It provides a simple way to send messages, images, other media files and make voice and video calls, and more. While the daily usage of WhatsApp Messenger, you may frequently have the need to save photos from WhatsApp.

Save Photos from WhatsApp

In fact, it's quite easy to download photos from WhatsApp, whether you are using WhatsApp on an iPhone or an Android phone. Here in this post, we like to give you 2 effective ways to help you save WhatsApp photos.

Part 1. How to Save Photos from WhatsApp

The photos and videos you receive through WhatsApp will automatically be saved in a image folder by default. If you didn't turn off this feature, you can directly check WhatsApp photos in the WhatsApp folder on your iPhone or Android phone.

Step 1.
To manually save WhatsApp images, you can open WhatsApp and go to the conversation thread where the photo you want to save.
Step 2.
Now you can simply tap the download icon to save the WhatsApp photo on your iPhone or Android phone.
Step 3.
You can easily access all the saved WhatsApp photos on the Gallery or WhatsApp folder. After that, you can freely copy photo from the images folder to other places.

How to stop incoming WhatsApp images from saving to Photos

If you don't want all media files received from WhatsApp automatically saved to your iPhone, you can open WhatsApp and go to Settings. Tap Chats to enter the main interface of Chats and then turn off the Save to Camera Roll feature.

Auto save photos from whatsapp

How to stop saving WhatsApp photos to Android phone's Gallery

If you are using an Android device and want to stop media files including pictures and videos from all individual chats and groups being automatically saved to Gallery folder, you need to disable the Media visibility feature.

Disable Auto save photos from whatsapp

Open WhatsApp on your Android device and tap three-dots More options icon. Choose Settings and then go to Chats. Here you can turn off Media visibility to stop saving WhatsApp photos to the Gallery folder.

Part 2. How to Download Photos from WhatsApp to Computer or Phone

If you want to download WhatsApp pictures or videos to your computer or another phone, you can rely on the powerful WhatsApp data transferring software, WhatsApp Transfer for iOS. It has the capability to copy all your WhatsApp photos, messages, conversions and more files to computer or phone.

WhatsApp Transfer for iOS


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  • View and restore selected or all WhatsApp data from backup.
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Step 1.
This WhatsApp Transfer allows you to save photos from WhatsApp to both Windows PC and Mac. You can double click the download button above and free install it on your computer. Open WhatsApp Transfer and choose the WhatsApp Transfer for iOS feature.
Select whatsapp transfer
Step 2.
Connect your phone to computer. To save WhatsApp images to computer, you can choose the Backup option.
Select backup whatsapp
Step 3.
Click Start Backup to download and copy all WhatsApp pictures, messages, chats and other data to your computer. It also allows you to copy WhatsApp audio from iPhone to PC with ease.
Backup iPhone whatsapp to computer
Step 4.
To save photos from WhatsApp to another device, you can use the Device-to-device Transfer feature. Here you need to connect both phones to computer.
Select Device to device Transfer
Step 5.
After connecting successfully, you can click the Start Transfer button to copy WhatsApp images from one device to the other. You need to ensure the source device and target device are correct.
Transfer whatsapp between iPhone
WhatsApp Transfer also enables you to restore deleted WhatsApp files from a backup file. You can rely on the Restore feature to get the job done.
Load whatsapp backup
More details about WhatsApp backup and restore are here.

Part 3. Easier Way to Save Photos from WhatsApp (Works for Android and iOS)

Different from WhatsApp Transfer for iOS who only supports transferring from iOS WhatsApp, WhatsSync is compatible with more devices. You can save photos from Android, iPhone, iPad, Samsung tablets, or more devices. Then, use WhatsSync to back them up to Google Drive or computer. Meanwhile, this improved tool supports more WhatsApp apps, including WhatsApp, GB WhatsApp, and WhatsApp Business.

Whatssync Windows.



  • Compatible with Android and iOS.
  • Export and import WhatsApp data with no loss.
  • Supports connecting up to 5 devices at a time.
  • Seamless transfer of WhatsApp messages, files, contacts, etc.
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Part 4. FAQs of Saving Photos from WhatsApp

Question 1. How to save WhatsApp photos to SD card?

If you want to save all your received WhatsApp images to the external SD card, you need to set your SD card as the storage position. You can go to Advanced settings and choose the Memory & Storage option. Then set SD card as the storage position from the Default location. More information about moving data to SD card is here.

Question 2. How to back up WhatsApp chats from iPhone to iCloud?

When you want to back up WhatsApp messages and chats from your iPhone to iCloud, you can go to Settings app and turn on the iCloud Drive feature. Then open WhatsApp app, go to Settings, and then tap Chats, next Chat Backup and finally Back Up Now to back up all your WhatsApp data to iCloud.

Question 3. How to share Facebook videos to WhatsApp on Android?

It's quite easy to share Facebook video to WhatsApp, especially for some public videos. To share a Facebook video to WhatsApp on your Android phone, you can directly use the Share option on Facebook video and then forward it to WhatsApp for sharing.


How to download photos from WhatsApp? We have mainly talked about how to save WhatsApp images in this post. You can get 2 simple methods to copy and save photos from WhatsApp. If you have any better way to download all photos from WhatsApp group, please share it in the comment with other readers.

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