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Occasionally, you may come across an image on a web page that you'd like to save on your iPhone or iPod touch. For example, I'm looking at the Science page of the New York Times website and maybe I want to have a copy of this photo on my iPhone. To do so I just hold down on it and after a second several options appear. Now because this image is also a link, meaning that tapping it will take me to the article it's from, I see the options to open, meaning if I want to follow this link to the page that it's linked to, I can tap open or open it in a new page, which again follows the link, but opens a new browser window.
If the image you held down on isn't a link, you won't see these first options. But the one I'm interested in here is Save Image. I'll tap that. What happens is that a copy of the image has now been saved to my photo library on my phone. I'll press the Home button to close Safari and open my photo library and here in my camera roll I find the image. It really doesn't get much easier than that. Now let's just go back to Safari and I'll hold down on the image again. This time I'll select copy.
Copy is useful if you want to place the image into another app or maybe send it in an email. For example, I'll open mail and then I'll create a new message. Now I'll double-tap in the body of the message and select Paste. Notice what happened here. The web address of the page the image was linking to got pasted into my message and that's not what I wanted. I wanted to put a copy of the image here. But since that image is also a link on the web page I can't do it by copying and pasting.
Let's delete that. Instead I'll tap in this blank area of my email message and I'll tap the triangle to the right of this pop-up and choose Insert Photo or Video. Now I can browse through my library and select that photo. Now it's added to my email message. But if the photo on a web page is not a link, copy works the way you might expect. Let's cancel this message and go back to Safari. Here I'll follow the link to the article it's linking to by tapping the photo so the photo on this page is not a link.
Notice when I hold down on it I only get the options to save the image or copy it. Let's choose copy. Now I'll go back to mail, compose a new message, and then I'll press-and-hold in the body of the message, and choose Paste and the image itself now gets pasted in. That's how to save images you come across in Safari and some of the options and workarounds you have for mailing or sharing the images with someone else.
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