How to Save WhatsApp Photos to Camera Roll on iPhone/Android

If you wonder how to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll, this guide must be worth reading. You can choose to manually save selected photos or have it automatically save all received photos on iPhone/Android.

Demi by Demi Updated April 23, 2023
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WhatsApp enables you to communicate with your family and friends. You will undoubtedly exchange interesting and significant videos and photos with each other when you chat on WhatsApp! After all, it is inconvenient to view photos and videos in WhatsApp. Then, you may think whether there are ways to save WhatsApp videos and photos to your phone camera roll for better viewing.

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Fortunately, the answer is YES. Here in this guide, we will show you how to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll on iPhone and Android. You can choose to manually save photos or let it automatically save all photos. Let’s get started.

How to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll on iPhone

If you are using WhatsApp on iPhone, you will first of all need to give WhatsApp permission to access the Photos App on your iPhone. Then, download WhatsApp photos to iPhone camera roll manually or automatically. Here are the detailed steps.

To let WhatsApp access the iPhone Photos app
Go to Settings app > Tap Privacy > Choose Photos >Select WhatsApp > Tap All Photos.

In iOS 14 and earlier, you should choose Read and Write. Please be noted that if you don't find the WhatsApp option in Privacy, you can go directly to the WhatsApp app and it will request permissions.

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How to manually save WhatsApp photos to camera roll

If you want to save one or two photos in WhatsApp, the following steps will show you how to manually save WhatsApp photos.

Step 1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your iPhone > Go into a chat in which photos are shared with you.

Step 2. Long press the photo you’d like to save > Tap Save to make it.

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How to automatically save WhatsApp photos to camera roll

You can also have WhatsApp automatically download photos and videos you receive to your camera roll from WhatsApp settings so that you can save multiple WhatsApp photos on iPhone at once.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp > Go to Settings > Tap Chats > Turn on Save to Camera Roll. The downloaded images can be found in My Albums category of the Photos app.

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Step 2. Back to WhatsApp Settings > Storage and Data > Choose When WhatsApp will automatically download photos from WhatsApp, like Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and Cellular

How to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll on Android

If you are using an Android phone, the auto-download feature will be enabled to save photos when you first install WhatsApp. For some reasons, you may turn it off. In this case, follow the steps below to know how to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll on Android manually or automatically.

How to manually save WhatsApp photos to camera roll

You can use Google Photos, the in-built file explorer tool, or email to manually save WhatsApp photos to Android camera roll.

Step 1. On the WhatsApp app on your Android phone > Choose the photo and tap the three-dot icon > Tap Share.

Step 2. According to your needs, save WhatsApp photos to file explorer app, Google Photos, or choose a mail application.
          • File Explorer app helps save the WhatsApp photos to the “pictures” location on your Android phone.
          • Choose the Google Photos app, and you can find the WhatsApp photos in the “download” folder on your phone.
          • Email yourself the WhatsApp photos, and you can check the email and save the images on your phone.

How to automatically save WhatsApp photos to camera roll

To automatically download WhatsApp photos to camera roll on your Android phone, follow the steps below to set up your Android WhatsApp.

Step 1. Open your WhatsApp on Android > Tap the three-dot icon > Choose Settings.

Step 2. Select Chats > Turn on Media Visibility to allow the downloaded photos to be shown in your gallery.

Step 3. Go to Data and storage usage > Find Media-auto download > Choose to use mobile data or Wi-Fi to download images.

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To check your WhatsApp photos in Android camera roll, you can go to the Photos app and the photos will be saved in a folder called “WhatsApp Images”.

Bonus: How to save iPhone WhatsApp photos to PC

Now, you have known how to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll on iPhone and Android manually or automatically. You may find that the auto-downloaded photos will take up a large number of storage space on  your iPhone. Without permanently deleting them, it is a wise choice to transfer photos from iPhone to PC as a backup for your WhatsApp photos.

Here FoneTool is highly recommended. Its simple operation and fast transfer speed enable you to complete the data transfer process with no effort. And all your transferred photos will be saved in their original quality.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer > Enter the passcode on iPhone to give the computer access to your device.

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Step 2. Click Phone Transfer and then choose iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

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Step 3. Click the “+” icon > Check the Photos icon and choose the photos you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

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Step 4. Select a path from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to save WhatsApp photos to the computer.

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FoneTool is also a powerful WhatsApp backup tool to enable you to backup WhatsApp from iPhone to PC and save the backup file locally, which can fully satisfy your daily backup requirements.


That is all about how to save WhatsApp photos to camera roll. You can automatically save all WhatsApp photos to camera roll or choose to manually save the images you need. By the Way, if you find WhatsApp saves photos twice on iPhone, FoneTool also helps you remove duplicate photos on iPhone for free.  If this guide helps you, please share it with others.


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