How to Save Windows 10 Spotlight Images

How to Save Windows 10 Spotlight Images

In Windows 10 if you’ve enabled the Windows Spotlight feature, Windows automatically changes the lock screen wallpaper at set intervals. The good thing about this feature is that you don’t have to see the same wallpaper every day, and it also eliminates the need for changing the lock screen wallpaper manually. Moreover, you can also tell your system whether you like the current wallpaper or not so that Windows can adjust the wallpaper according to your tastes. However, as of now, there is no straightforward way to save the wallpaper you see on your lock screen. So, if you like a wallpaper that you see on your lock screen and want to save it, here is how you can do that.

Even though there is no straightforward way, saving Windows 10 Spotlight images is easy as most of the wallpapers are stored on your hard drive. All you have to do is find and copy them. To do that, open the File Explorer and navigate to your home folder, such as C:\Users\yourUserName.

Once you are there, select the “View” tab and then the “Hidden Items” checkbox. This action will show you all the hidden folders.

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Now, find and open the “AppData” folder.

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From here, navigate to the following location.

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Here you will see files with random names and no file extensions. We need to edit these files to find our lock screen wallpapers, so copy all the files in the folder and paste them somewhere in your hard drive. In my case, I’ve copied all those files to my G drive.

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Once you are done copying the files, “Shift + Right-click” on the empty area in File Explorer and select the option “Open Command Prompt Here.”

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After opening the Command Prompt, copy the below command and execute it. All we are doing is adding the file extension”.jpg” to all the files in the target folder.

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If you don’t like to use the Command Prompt, then download any renaming utility, like Bulk Renaming Utility, and install it. After installing, open the application, navigate to the folder, select all the files, and add “.jpg” as the suffix.

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As soon as the renaming is done, you will see the most recent lock screen wallpapers.

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Now, all the files you copied are not wallpapers. There will be cache files, app thumbnails, etc. Moreover, as you can see from the above image, along with the traditional desktop wallpapers, you will also have wallpapers cropped in portrait mode. These wallpapers will be a good fit for your mobile devices, so copy them to your mobile.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to save your favorite lock screen wallpapers in Windows 10.

3 comments

  1. Cool tip. I must say, that Microsoft has had some of the most beautiful pictures in their operating systems that I have ever seen.
    I would love to be their photographer!
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Install the free SpotBright app from the Windows Store. Not only will it download every Spotlight highres image, but will also let you automatically set them as the lockscreen or wallpaper image and change them on a set time schedule. SpotBright is a universal app; so also available for Windows Mobile 10 devices.

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