I save an image from Facebook almost daily without thinking about it. Upon speaking with a client recently, I realized it doesn’t come second nature to everyone. There are often times where you might want to save an image posted by a friend. Or maybe you’d like to share that image, but your friend hasn’t enabled sharing of that image, and can’t figure out how to fix it.
Here’s a quick video tutorial to get you started.
How to Save an Image from Facebook
Control-Click to save an image from Facebook
Alternatively, while you have the image open,
you can hold down the control key while you click, then click on “Save Image As….”
(If you have as many browser extensions as I do—like Buffer, Evernote and Pinterest—you can obviously do a lot of other things with the image, but that’s a post for another day!)
The control-click trick also works on other websites, like Pinterest.
At least it does on Mac. PC users, feel free to chime in!
How to save an image from Facebook from your mobile device
Want to save an image from your mobile device? This works on iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads: tap on the image to make it the only thing on your screen. Then tap and hold the image. You’ll see this, and be able to save it to your Camera Roll.
Android users—does this work for you, too?
Screengrab to save an image from Facebook
If all else fails, you can always take a screenshot or screengrab of the image.
On the Mac, use command-shift-4. Your cursor will a become crosshair to select the area of the screen you want to capture. When you draw the box and release it, the image will be saved to your desktop, labeled with the date and time you snapped it.
Want to shoot the whole screen? Easy. When you see the crosshairs, hit the space bar. It will highlight the whole window. Click the mouse, and that’s the image that gets saved to your desktop, labeled with the date and time you snapped it.
Bonus tip: check out Skitch. It’s a great way to get screengrabs. Plus it gives you the ability to annotate them with things like circles, arrows, and text. And if you use Evernote, it saves your image as a note!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless you created the image, the image you save from the internet DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. Because of that, the owner of the image could come looking for you. Don’t chance it. Use these images responsibly, and wherever possible, give credit for the image. More details here (the site is based in the UK, but the info is essentially the same).
I hope this helped you! If you want more social media tips, you might also enjoy these posts:
- How to Share a Post from a Facebook Page to a Facebook Group
- Attachment Unavailable: How to control the privacy of your Facebook photos
- My Social Media Workflow
Got a question? Let me know in the comments below!