How to Drag and Drop Photos Between iPhone Apps

Multitasking can be difficult on a small phone screen. Apple’s drag and drop tool makes it easy to move photos, text, links, and more between your favorite apps. This powerful feature can improve your photo or text manipulation.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 3, 2021

Multitasking can be difficult on a small phone screen. Apple’s drag and drop tool makes it easy to move photos, text, links, and more between your favorite apps. This powerful feature can improve your photo or text workflow.

 iOS 15 gives you the ability to simply drag something, such as a photo, from one app, and drop it in another. No messing around with downloading items or copy and pasting. Lets see how this is done.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 15 or higher

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Drag and Drop Requirements

There are quite a few things you can drag and drop on the iPhone. Photos and text are the most obvious, but you can also grab videos, documents, links, audio files, and PDFs. However, you will need a source and destination app that supports the feature.

Developers need to implement drag and drop support in their app, which means the feature is not available everywhere. Apple’s own apps support it, including Safari, Mail, Messages, and Files. Other supported apps include Gmail, and WhatsApp.

Drag and Drop Essentials

First, open an app that supports the feature. In our example, we will be dragging a photo from Photos to Messages, but the action is exactly the same for text, links, and other items. If you are unable to find your Photos app, navigate to your first screen and use the Spotlight Search, to find the app. Refer to below image for the Photos app:

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Accessing Photos app

Next, select a photo. See below image:

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Find a photo to drag and drop

Now, hold a finger down on a photo until you feel a little vibration. Keep your finger pressed on the screen and drag the photo until it floats. Do not stop holding the selecting object. In our example, we have moved the photo to another spot on the Photos screen, my finger is still holding down on the photo. See following image:

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Dragging a Photo while holding down my finger on the photo

Now, with a different finger, navigate around the iPhone like you normally would. Keep the first finger pressed on the photo and use your other finger to open the destination. In our example, we are dropping the photo onto a Message, then release your finger. Refer to below image:

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Dropping the photo onto a Message and releasing your finger

Quote For the Day

I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

Steve Jobs

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