I have a Galaxy S2, running Android 4.0.3

I can open a photo attached to a text message. How can I save the photo (not the message)?

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    Have you tried a long-press?
    – ale
    Feb 5, 2013 at 17:10

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When in the message window, "long press" the image (hold your finger down on the image for a second or two) and a menu should pop up giving you the option to download or save the attachment.

When you go to your gallery you'll usually see attachments you've downloaded in a folder called "Downloads" or "Messaging."


On my android 4.4.2 tablet running the app "messaging 4.40.150" do a long hold on the message body not the photo. It opens a dialogue which allows saving the attachment. It was easy after that.


I have a Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2

  1. In Messaging in the Message I have been sent a photo.. underneath it says MMS
  2. I tap the photo and it goes fullscreen
  3. I tap the (anachronistic floppy disk) save icon
  4. I can rename it
  5. I hit OK and it responds with: Attachment copied to device storage
  6. It is now saved to:

Internal Storage/Download

  • I use Dropbox to grab it from there

  • It does not appear in my Gallery :(

If I accidentally long-press I choose Save Attachment for the same thing


On my phone, running CyanogenMod 12.1, I wasn't asked where to put the file or what to name it. It automatically went to the Downloads folder. In there, it had a cryptic file name: cid:262. I just renamed it to whatever I wanted + .jpg.

  1. Long press the message (not the image or video)
  2. A pop-up window will appear, select save attachments
  3. Files are saved to my Downloads directory

Steps taken from a Droid Turbo

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