How to Fix iPhone Not Saving Photos

Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


The iPhone is known for its picture quality. This is why you get adequate storage space to store images and other media. But what will happen when you cannot save an image on iPhone or there is no save image option on iPhone?

It will be frustrating. Isn’t it? Especially when you love to capture various moments. Here you need to know that photos not saving on iPhone is a simple issue that often occurs due to various reasons. You also need to understand that you can easily fix the issue of the iPhone not saving photos using simple techniques that are presented to you here in this guide.

Users are continuously reporting issues like photos not saving to camera roll, no save image option on iPhone, etc. If you are one of them and are facing the same or similar issue, you need to stop worrying. The chances are high that it might be a simple issue and you can easily fix the issue of pictures not saving on the iPhone by applying tested and trusted solutions. Moreover, you can do it yourself without any external help.

Part 1: Why is my iPhone not saving pictures?

  • Less Storage Space: When it comes to the quality of pictures taken by the iPhone, it is pretty high. This means even 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB will fall short when you are capturing and storing both images and videos. In this case, if you fall short of storage space you will not be able to save media.
  • App stuck or Software crash: Sometimes there occurs a problem with the app due to some bug. In another case, the software crashes. This prevents pictures from being saved normally.
  • Network issue: Sometimes you try to download an image but fail to save it. This can happen due to slow internet access.
  • Privacy settings: There are chances that you have not given permission to apps for Location, Photos, Cameras, etc. This can prevent pictures from saving normally.

Solution 1: Check your iPhone storage

Low iPhone storage could be an issue. You can easily fix the issue either by deleting some data that you don’t need anymore, apps or by uploading data to iCloud, taking backup then deleting data, and so on.

For checking storage go to “Settings” followed by “General” followed by “iPhone Storage”.

check iPhone storage

Solution 2: Restart your iPhone

Sometimes a possible bug or software issue can lead to photos not saving to the iPhone. In this case, restarting the iPhone is a solution. It will fix several issues and your iPhone will start working normally.

iPhone X,11, or 12

Press and hold either volume up or down button along with the side button until you see the power OFF slider. Now drag the slider and wait for the iPhone to turn OFF. To turn it ON, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears

press and hold both buttons

iPhone SE (2nd Generation), 8,7, or 6

Press and hold the side button until you see the slider. Once it appears, drag it and wait for the iPhone to power OFF. Now press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo to power ON the iPhone.

press and hold the side button

iPhone SE (1st generation), 5, or earlier

Press and hold the button at the top until the power OFF slider shows up. Now drag the slider and wait for the iPhone to turn OFF. Now again press and hold the top button until the Apple logo appears, to power ON the device.

press and hold the top button

Solution 3: Check your iOS system

If the previous solutions don’t seem to work for you. You can go with Dr.Fone - System Repair (iOS System Recovery). It is capable enough to fix various issues like white Apple logo, boot loop, image not saving, black screen, stuck in DFU mode, recovery mode, frozen, and much more with few clicks.

You can do this all without losing your data and that too at your home without any special skills. Moreover, you can perform this operation within less than 10 minutes.

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Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone

Install and Launch Dr. Fone - System Repair (iOS System Recovery) on your PC and select “System Repair” from the menu. 

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Step 2: Select the Mode

Now connect your iPhone to your PC using a lightning cable. The tool will detect your device model and provides you with two options,

  1. Standard Mode
  2. Advanced Mode

Select “Standard Mode” from the given options.

The Standard Mode can easily fix various iOS system issues without deleting the device data.

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Once your iPhone is detected by the tool, all available iOS system versions will be displayed to you. Select one from them and click on “Start” to continue.

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The firmware will start to download. This process will take some time as the file is large (in GBs)

Note: If the automatic downloading does not begin, you are required to click on the “Download”. This will download the firmware using the browser. It will take some time to complete the downloading. Once downloaded successfully, click on “select” to restore the downloaded firmware.

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Once the firmware is downloaded the verification will begin. It will take some time to verify firmware.


Step 3: Fix the Issue

Once the verification is done, a new window will appear before you. Select “Fix Now” to begin the process of repairing.

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The process of repairing will take some time to fix the issue. Once your device is repaired successfully, the problem of pictures not saving on the iPhone will be fixed. Now your device will work normally. You will now be able to save the images as you used to do earlier.

repair completed

Note: You can also go with the “Advanced Mode” in case you are not satisfied with the “Standard Mode” or you aren't able to locate your device in the list. But Advanced Mode will delete all data. So you are advised to go with this mode only after backing up your data. You can create a backup of data using cloud storage or take the help of some storage media for the same.

Once the process of repair is completed, your iPhone will be updated to the latest available version of the iOS. Moreover, if your iPhone is jailbroken previously, it will be updated to the non-jailbroken version, and if you have unlocked it previously, it will be locked again.

Solution 4: Reset your iPhone

Resetting your iPhone can fix various issues that appear after using it for a long time. It also includes the photos not saving to the iPhone issue.

Note: Create a backup of data as this process is going to erase all data from your iPhone.

Step 1: Go to the “Settings” app on your iPhone and navigate to “General”. Now go to “Reset”.

Step 2: Select “Erase All Content and Settings” from the given options and confirm your action. This will begin the process of resetting. Your iPhone will start working normally if there will be no hardware issue. But if the issue is not fixed, the possibility of hardware failure is there. In this case, it is better to visit the service center.

reset your iPhone


Photos not saving on iPhone is a common issue that often happens with many. But what you need to know is, you can fix this issue at your home itself and that too without any external help. You are not required to have any technical skills for this task. All you need are workable solutions that are presented to you here in this guide. So just apply these solutions and save your downloads and captured moments anytime, anywhere as you used to do earlier.

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