In iOS 15, Apple has expanded support for drag and drop functionality across apps on iPhone, allowing you to move files, images, and selected chunks of text from place to place.

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Cross-app drag and drop has actually been available on the iPad since 2017, but now Apple has extended the feature to the ‌iPhone‌ with iOS 15. In addition to apps, the multi-finger action also works with screenshots. The following steps show you how it works.

  1. Take a screenshot in the usual way, by pressing the Side button and the Volume Up button at the same time.
  2. Press and hold on the screenshot thumbnail in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and wait a moment for the white frame around it to disappear.
  3. With another finger, tap the app that you want to use the screenshot in. We're opening the Photos app in our example, but you could open Files, Messages, Mail, Notes, or something else.
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  4. Navigate to where you want to use the screenshot. We're selecting a specific album we created, called "iOS 15 screenshots."
  5. Move the screenshot into the area you want it, then let go with your finger to drop it in place. In our example, the screenshots are instantly saved in the specified location.
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You may have noticed that we've dragged two screenshots in our example – that's just a "meta" result of capturing screenshots of the screenshot-taking process (the thumbnail of the earlier screenshot remains in the next). However, it also serves to highlight that drag and drop supports the selection of multiple items by tapping them with another finger.

It's worth noting that drag and drop results in duplication rather than movement of content, so the screenshot still gets automatically saved in your camera roll. But in iOS 15 you have the ability to immediately pick up a copy of the image and do something more specific with it, like save it to a newly created album, which is useful if your workflow involves lots of screenshots.

The first public beta of iOS 15 is available now, and the official release should come to all compatible iPhones in September.

Related Roundup: iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

Mac Fly (film) Avatar
16 months ago
Dragging the screenshot to a messaging app may have been a better example, considering screenshots are already automatically saved to a folder called screenshots in photos.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
16 months ago
wow like ... how is anyone supposed to figure this out on their own O.o "it just works"
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdnz Avatar
16 months ago

wow like ... how is anyone supposed to figure this out on their own o_O "it just works"
The Konami code was easier to figure out.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IIGS User Avatar
16 months ago

The Konami code was easier to figure out.
Or the Da Vinci code. Or the Enigma Code, or the Drogan's decoder wheel code.

I used it to decode a static-filled triple-scrambled microwave transmission between two soldiers talking in Mandarin Chinese.

It was easy since they were only using a simple polyphonetically-grouped twenty-square-digit key transposed from boustrophedonic form with multiple nulls.

The message said "BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE"....
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFan782040 Avatar
16 months ago
I feel like they could’ve made this way easier.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattopotamus Avatar
16 months ago
much easier to just take the screenshot and then open your photos be it in messenger, mail, etc.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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