A few days ago, my iPhone randomly stopped saving photos to the Photos app. The photos I took via the Camera app appeared as little thumbnails in the app but when I switched to the Photos app they weren’t there. Another error I kept encountering was that I was unable to send photos over iMessages. As soon as I would select the photo, the Messages app would freeze. A quick search showed this problem has been plaguing users since iOS 8.1 with no solution in sight and no acknowledgement from Apple that this was a genuine problem. The good news is that there’s a pretty easy solution that worked on my phone and here it is.
The phone in question is an iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2. The problem appeared randomly and not after an update or reset.
Step 1: Restart your iPhone
Step 2: Open the Camera app and take a photo
Step 3: From inside the camera app, tap the thumbnail of the photo you just took to view it
Step 4: Tap the Share button at the bottom and send the photo to a contact over iMessages
Step 5: Restart your iPhone one more time for good measure and your problem should be solved
It’s not clear what is causing this problem. It certainly dates back a few months according to many online forums. The more perplexing thing is that it suddenly appeared even though there was no recent firmware update made on the device. The phone had been running fine, and the photos were being saved without any problems until they suddenly just stopped. The good news is that your photos are indeed saving so once you fix the problem, all the photos that seemed to have not saved will be there in the Photos app.