How to Copy and Save Images from Safari on Mac

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While browsing the Net, you often see images that you’d like to save on your computer. For Mac users, there are several ways for copying and saving images from the Safari browser and you can find them in our How to Guide below.

Save Image to Downloads

  1. Open the Safari browser. 
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from. 
  4. If you want to save the image in your Downloads Folder, select the option Save Image to Downloads” and the picture will be saved straight into your Downloads Folder.

Save Image As

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from.
  4. If you choose the second option of the menu Save Image As”, you will be asked where you prefer to save the image. 
  5. If you want to put the picture on your Desktop, just select this choice manually. If you want it saved to any other place, like external hard drive, network attached storage, or USB drive, select any of them.

Add Image to Photos

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from. 
  4. If you choose the third option from the menu Add Image to Photos”, it will keep a copy of the image on your Mac, but instead of saving it as a separate image file, it will move it to your Photos app, where you can edit it if you want.

Use Image as Desktop Picture

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from. 
  4. If you choose the option “Use Image as Desktop Picture”, macOS will automatically scale the image to set it as a wallpaper on your desktop. Keep in mind that if the image is too small, its quality may get worse when setting it as a desktop background.

Copy Image Address

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from. 
  4. If you choose “Copy Image Address” from the menu, the option will copy the URL of the picture and will save it in your macOS clipboard. From this place, you can paste the link into a document or email and anyone who has this URL will be able to see the image. However, you should keep in mind that if you save the image URL only, there is no guarantee that the picture will be saved for good, as the link can be removed by the website administrator.

Copy Image

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Find the image you’d like to copy or save on your Mac.
  3. When the picture is loaded on your monitor, right-click on it to see the menu with the options that you may choose from. 
  4. If you choose the option “Copy Image”, this will copy the whole image, not only the link to it. As the picture will be temporary saved in your clipboard, you should paste it somewhere else to save it (into an email, or any other folder on your Mac, for instance).

Remember that no matter which option you choose, you should always PASTE the image somewhere to save it successfully. Otherwise, the copy of the picture could be overwritten or lost somewhere.

 

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