Some newer iPhone users have discovered that they are seemingly unable to save pictures from the web in Safari to iPhone.

If you’re trying to save a picture from the web with Safari to a newer iPhone by using the tap-and-hold trick, and you find the picture pops up into a new screen window instead of bringing up the Save menu, the reason is 3D Touch.

3D Touch is a featured introduced a while back that allows the iPhone screen to be pressure sensitive – not just touch sensitive, but pressure sensitive too. That added sensitivity to pressure of 3D Touch makes a firmer press trigger different actions than you may be accustomed to. This applies to all newer iPhone models that include 3D Touch, including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus, and presumably going forward. Older iPhone and all iPad models don’t have 3D Touch, and thus they aren’t going to find this interactivity change.

I just want to save pictures from the web to my iPhone and I don’t care about 3D Touch, how do I go back to the old way?

If you don’t like how the iPhone screen is now sensitive to pressure as well as touch, the best thing to do is disable 3D Touch on the iPhone.

Step 1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone
Step 2. Go to “General” and then to “Accessibility” settings

general settings on iPhone
Step 3. Find “3D Touch” and tap on that
Step 4. Toggle the switch for “3D Touch” to the OFF position to disable the pressure sensitivity feature of iPhone display

close 3D touch on iPhone
Step 5. Exit out of Settings

That’s it, 3D Touch is disabled so you can save a picture using the regular old tap-and-hold Save trick.
Now go ahead and try saving a picture from Safari to iPhone again

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