How to Add Pictures to iPhones Without Syncing

by David Weedmark Google

    There are several different ways of adding pictures to an iPhone, even if you don't sync your iPhone with a computer or use Apple iCloud. Not only can you take pictures with the iPhone's camera, you can save images that are displayed in many apps, as well as the pictures you find on websites using the Safari Web browser. All of these pictures are stored in the iPhone's Camera Roll, which is found in the Photos app.

    Step 1

    Take a photo on the iPhone using the Camera app found on the iPhone's home screen. The iPhone has two cameras. The main camera on the back takes higher resolution images than the camera above the screen. Many apps, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, have an option to take pictures directly within the app using the iPhone's camera.

    Step 2

    Send a photo you like to the email address you use on the iPhone. Launch the Mail application and open the message. Tap and hold the image until a pop-up menu opens. Select the "Save to Camera Roll" option to save the photo on your camera.

    Step 3

    Ask a friend to send a photo to you as a text message attachment from her phone. How this is done varies on different phones, but on the iPhone you can send photos by tapping the "Camera" icon beside the text field you normally type in. Once your friend has sent you the photo, open the iPhone's Message app. The photo appears in the text message. Tap and hold the image and then save it to the Camera Roll.

    Step 4

    Launch Safari and navigate to a website that has the image you want to save. Tap and hold the message until a pop-up menu opens. Select "Save Image" to save the photo to the Camera Roll.

    Step 5

    Download pictures from social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Path by tapping and holding the photo. The options in the menu may vary from app to app, but most include at least the "Save Image" option, which saves the photo to the Camera Roll.


    • If there is a picture you want to save on an app that doesn't let you export images, you can take a screenshot by pressing the "On/Off" and "Home" buttons simultaneously. Screenshots are saved in the iPhone's Camera Roll.


    • Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

    About the Author

    David Weedmark's articles have appeared in dozens of publications since 1989, including "The Windsor Star" and "The Ottawa Citizen." As well as being a technology consultant, he is the author of several books, including "The Tanglewood Murders." Weedmark studied English at the University of Toronto.

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