How to Save Photos and Videos Taken in Notes to the iPhone Photos App

The Notes app on the iPhone has always been a handy place to keep and record important information.

Notes has been receiving a lot of upgrades with recent iOS updates, too, and you might find that its improved functionality is starting to replace apps that you used for similar purposes. You can even take pictures and videos from within the Notes app and include them with your notes.

However, the pictures and videos taken in Notes will not save to the Photos app by default. If you are used to finding your pictures in that location, then this could become confusing.

Fortunately, there is a setting on your iPhone that will allow you to change this behavior and start saving your media files in the Photos app.

If you’re running out of room on your iPhone and want to quickly move a lot of pictures, then read more here and learn how to send them to your computer.

Save Notes Pictures and Videos to the iPhone Camera Roll

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5 in iOS 9.3.

Once you have followed the steps in this guide, any picture that you take with your iPhone camera while in the Notes app will be saved to the Photos app.

If you are instead looking for the opposite result because you do not want to save Notes picture to your camera roll, then you can also follow these steps, but simply turn off the option in the last step instead.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

save iphone notes pictures and videos to photos - step 1

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Notes option.

where are pictures and videos taken in notes - step 2

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Save Media to Photos to enable the option. There will be green shading around the button when your iPhone will start saving your Notes pictures and videos to the Photos app.

save notes media to photos app - step 3

Now that you know how to change the setting that controls whether or not pictures and videos taken in the Notes app are saved to the Photos app on your iPhone, you can better control this option to suit your preferences.

Important notes about this feature –

  • This will not retroactively apply to pictures that are already in your notes. Only new pictures and videos will be added to the photos app after enabling this.
  • This feature applies to pictures that you create by pressing the camera icon above the keyboard when editing a note. This feature is available for iCloud and “On my iPhone” notes, but is not available for notes stored with other accounts, such as Gmail.

Are your pictures taking up too much space on your iPhone? If you have HDR enabled, then you might be saving multiple copies of every picture. This article – – will show you how to stop keeping the normal copy of the photo when you take an HDR picture.

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