How to download pictures from the Internet to your Android [Android 101]

So, you’re on your new Android device, surfing the web. You come across a photo that you really want saved on your device. Here’s our guide for downloading pictures from the Internet to your Android.

First, find the picture you’d like to download. It can be located anywhere – a website, Facebook, Google+, Google Search. Once you’ve found your image, press and hold down on it until you see a menu.

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From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading. If you’re downloading a large image, it may take a few more seconds for it to download.

Saving images 2

Pull down your notification shade to find the download notification. Either click that notification or head over to your gallery app. If downloaded correctly, the photo has been saved to your device!

Still having trouble? Head to the comments and we will do our best to help you out! If there is anything you would like to suggest to AndroidGuys or to any other readers, feel free to use the comment section below!

  • ethan Hoover

    I hold mine down but nothing pops up

    • Jason Botha

      Try use Chrome or another browser instead of the Google Search one.

  • All i have is view image, which switches to another image and save/copy link and open in a new tab. Ive tried double click and long click with same result. On Facebook the only way ive found is to view the image, select the “share” option, select text message, send it to a land line, then go to text and find it. Phone is a Motorola defy

  • Shaina

    I can’t save pictures anymore .how can I save pictures again when Menu doesn’t give a save command anymore?

  • Vaish

    I’m having Intex Aqua i5 mini mobile. i’m not able to save images from google. I tried long press, double tap.. I don’t get any pop-up menu or option to save images. What else can i do?

  • toyin

    I can’t save pictures from a website to my android phone(infinix zero)I tried following the pattern you explained but nothing pops up.What do I do?

  • samy

    wen i do tht begain to download n says moment later unsussful… downloading fail

  • dj

    Hello, i have a basic LG straight talk Android i bought from Walmart. I cant figure out how to download pics from anything. I tried to press and hold down on the pics like you suggested…and nothing. I would tremendously appreciate your help. The only way i can store any picture is if i take a picture with camera on phone….but i cant save a picture of internet at all. Pleeeeease help.

  • Nqosh

    Your comment..what if download is successful but the file is not supported help please.

  • Laverne

    At one time my phone use to let me download pictures, but now I gets nothing. Can somebody explain to me why this happened

  • ◅♈ ✧☾☼ KITTY ★☽☆✦▻

    this doesnt work…

    • Jason Botha

      Try use Chrome or another browser instead of the Google Search one..

  • tomyphone

    It stopped working after I applied screen protector. Any other way other than ‘hold & save’?

  • holly

    my Google had updated on my Samsung galaxy a3 it won’t let me save a bon jovi picture all I can do is edit the picture

  • deeksha m

    i get two options – replace and create, and when i touch create the replace button get clicked and i never get to download all images. please help

    • Kai Girvan-Brown

      Same here. Save as image.jpg or image01.jpg or overwrite

      Won’t save by the actual web image name anymore. Driving me insane.

      • Jason Botha

        Read above answer

    • Jason Botha

      You should try out the ‘Create’ button instead of ‘Replace’. This creates a new file in your gallery instead of deleting the existing image with the same title as the one you want to download. This is a slight inconvenience caused by the Chrome app.

      • Kai Girvan-Brown

        Yes. That does work, but it does not download the file and save it as it’s correct filename. Automatically downloads and calls it images(2).jpg etc.

  • Beth Helms Goins

    This doesn’t work with a Note 5!!

  • Android Girl

    I recently bought an LG Tribute 2 and when I wanted to download a picture from Google Search, in the images section, I couldn’t. I don’t know if it is my phone that doesn’t have the ability to or google. On my old phone it never did this until recently. Can you help me in finding a solution to this please? I would very much appreciate it. Thank you for reading.

    • Jason Botha

      This is a problem with the Google App that happens with all phones. I don’t think you can actually save images through the app. What worked for me is to use a different browser like Chrome, and not use the basic Google one that you’re talking about.

      • Kai Girvan-Brown

        I’m using Chrome.

  • Ashish bist

    I am unable to download images ever since I updated to Android marshmallow

    • Beasthuntt

      Same here. Marshmallow sucks. I hate everything about it. Nothing but issues since updating.

  • MalvikA

    I am using New Samsung galaxy j7. I used to do the same process in my old Android phone.but it’s not working with j7 press and hold down on it until you see a menu. What should I do now?

    • Dennis Brono

      If you use the google widget it doesn’t work.You need to open Chrome and then long press suddenly does work.

  • bebolon

    I also hold mine down and nothing happens any solutions???

    • Jason Botha

      Try use Chrome or another browser instead of the Google Search one

  • Kai Girvan-Brown

    “Still having trouble? Head to the comments and we will do our best to help you out!”

    …or not. Seem to be a lot of unanswered questions. While I understand you are an advertising and tips site, don’t offer help if you aren’t going to help

  • Beasthuntt

    Before upgrading to marshmallow I could do this all the time. Was a great feature. Now its a nope. The message comes up to save image but when you click it, nothing happens. I loathe this update.

  • Every time i hold on the image it does nothing. I try everything so can you help me?

  • MunchJ

    When I download a picture it saves it but it doesn’t appear in my gallery, it appears on my downloads. How do I fix that? I have an lg k7

  • Hafiya

    How to save image in HTC.I don’t get any menu in my Google Image…

  • Kevin Segneri

    I can dowload it but it dose not pop up in my gallory. It just stays in my downloads. How do i move it?

  • rajgopal

    Images are downloading but High Definition images are not downloading even though it is a HD image, only thumbnails are downloading.while viewing in gallery, pixels are not adjusting. clarity is missing on images which are downloaded through above procedure. please tell me how to download Hd image.please reply me.

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  • Amie

    I’m unable to save images by pressing down and holding. I have an LG 4 phone. Can anyone please help? My friends with iPhones don’t have this problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Keith Egstad

    My note 7 won’t let me do it all the time, if I’m in Google images it won’t let me

  • 1stkorean

    That does not work on my Nexus 6P running Marshmallow.

  • KFrost32

    I want to save an image but I tried, and I couldn’t. I can save another image but not the one I want. BTW, I have Samsung Galaxy S6 and I am using “Internet”.

  • Kathy Scott

    I have a new galaxy express 3. How do I download pictures from facebook?