Since iOS 11, Apple has introduced a great app in the form of Files app. It shows you the files on your iPhone or iPad and in iCloud storage. Dropbox, OneDrive etc. You can view files from other cloud services such as However, viewing photos and videos from the Files app does not offer the same experience as the Apple Photos app. That’s why people want to move photos and videos from Files app to Photos app. Let’s see how to do this.
Here we will tell you how to save single and multiple photos from Files app to Photos app on iPhone and iPad. All photos and videos taken from the iPhone or iPad’s Camera app will appear in the Photos app by default. Some photos and videos from third-party apps will also appear. In case they are not, this article will help you.
There are multiple ways to achieve this, depending on the number of files and the location of the file. Let’s check them out. We’ve also covered what happens when you download photos or videos from the Files app to the Photos app at the end of the post.
Moving Photos or Videos from iPhone or iPad Folder to the Photos App
Move Single Photo or Video
If you want to move a single non-iPhone video or photo to the Files app, follow these steps:
Stage 1: Launch the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Go to the photo or video you want to move to the Photos app. Use the back button in the upper left corner to change folders.
Stage 3: Tap and hold the photo or video. Select Share from the menu.
Step 4: Tap on Save Image or Save Video. That’s all you have to do. Open the Photos app and your photo or video should be visible.
Move Multiple Photos and Videos
Moving multiple photos and videos is similar to single files. The only difference is that you have to select multiple files first. For this, launch the Files app and open the folder containing the photo or video. Tap the Select icon at the top. Now tap the photos or videos to select them. Once selected, tap the Share icon or More, then tap Share.
Select Save X image or video. The selected photos or videos will be downloaded to the Photos app.
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Moving Photos or Videos from Cloud Folder in Files to the Photos App
The Files app supports viewing media from both iCloud storage and other cloud services. So, if you want to move photos and videos from any of these services to the Photos app, you need to download the file first.
Launch the Files app and open the required cloud service’s folder. Then open the folder where you want to download the file. You will see a Download icon on the photo or video. Tap the file to download it to the Files app. At this stage, the photo or video can only be viewed in the Files app.
Note: If you only see a Download icon on the file, tap the file to download it. If the icon isn’t there, tap and hold the file directly and select Share, then Save Image.
Now to view it in the Photos app, touch and hold the downloaded file and select Share as you did above. Select Save Image or Save Video from the menu.
Similarly, you can save multiple photos or videos as shown above. First, download multiple files. To do this, select the files using the Select option. Then tap Share and select Save to Files. Then select the images again and tap Share. Choose Save X Images or Save X Videos.
Bonus: Saving Photos or Videos from Third-Party Apps
Some third-party apps like Telegram don’t save photos or videos directly to the Photos app. If you want to view files from such apps in the Photos app, you have to save them manually.
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Here we will tell you the steps of the Telegram application, but the same will work for other applications. Launch the app and download the file first by tapping on it. Then tap and hold the file and tap the Share button or icon. If you don’t see Share Directly, tap More, then tap the Share icon or button. Select Save Image or Video from the menu. Open the Apple Photos app and you will see it.
Fly: You can even save the photo or video from third-party apps to the Files app. To do this, select Save to Files when tapping Share.
What Happens When You Save Photos or Videos from the Files App to the Photos App?
When you save a photo or video from the Files app to the Photos app, that file takes up twice the storage space in the Files app and the Photos app.
After that, if you delete the photo from the Files app, it will still exist in the Photos app. The same is true for the opposite situation. That is, if you delete anything from the Photos app, the original file is accessible from the Files app, provided a copy was made in both locations.
So, every time you move photos or videos to the Photos app, make sure you only keep a single copy to save storage space on your iPhone or iPad.
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