With the Microsoft’s latest operating system release, comes an existing new feature. Windows 10 now brings with it the colorful Windows Spotlight. Windows Spotlight is an application plugin that has revolutionized the lockscreen. Now you can have exciting, high resolution images displayed on your lockscreen. These images change regularly and are similar to those found on the Bing homepage since they are pulled from this site. They are professional, well taken and edited photos that look great and are delivered to you on a daily basis.
The images are available in different resolutions, and are usually in portrait or landscape. They can go up to more than 1 Megabyte in size and start at about 400 KB. Most resolutions are either 1920×1080 for desktops or 1080×1920 for smartphones but you can always find resolutions higher than that. Windows Spotlight allows you to leave a feedback for the images you see in order to learn your preference.
If you love these images then there is a possibility that you are very much interested in downloading them. You have an option of a slide show desktop background from a folder in windows 10, but Spotlight does not provide a way to download these lockscreen images. This page is going to show you how you can download these images to your PC.
Disclaimer: Due to copyrights, Microsoft insists that these images should and are only allowed to be used for desktop background display.
Method 1: Download using the SpotBright application
The app is free to run and use, but displays advertisement by default. This might not be much of an issue to some users, but if it bothers you, you can purchase the Pro version for $0.99 to remove the advertisement and support the author.
- Install SpotBright from its Windows Store page here.
- Click on “Search Pictures” to scan for available pictures.
- SpotBright displays a download button after the scan.
- Click on the download new pictures button to download them all to the local memory.
- Click on “open download location” to show the downloaded pictures in File Explorer. You will find them under C:\users\[your_username]\Pictures\SpotBright by default.
Method 2: Open the Spotlight images folder on your PC.
Fortunately, if you have already seen the images you like on Spotlight, then there is a likelihood that they are already in your computer. The only issue is that they lack extensions for your system to find them.
- Go to this location and Copy the “Assets” folder to a different location. This is where the images you have been seeing before are downloaded into.
- In the copied folder, right click and rename an image. Press the end button on your keyboard and add the extension .jpg (or .png) on each file.
- To rename all the files at once open command prompt by Pressing Windows/Start key + R. Type CMD in the box and hit enter. Copy and paste or type the following command into the prompt (change the path to the folder you have saved the Windows Spotlight images to):
Ren C:\Users\[username]\Downloads\Assets\*.* *.jpg
- Your images are now readable by the Image Viewer and you can use them as your desktop background, or for viewing.
- Switch to thumbnail view in File Explorer afterwards. You will notice that some files are not images, or unusable as wallpapers. Delete all blank images, and those that are not suitable as wallpapers.
Method 3: Download Spotlight images from the Bing website
As we have said, these images are downloaded from the Bing website to your computer. You can visit the site and download what you like.
- Using your browser, go the Bing gallery here
- Wait for the images to load and from the left you can narrow down to what category, country, colors, places or tags you want.
- Click on the image you want to download. This will bring a pop up that zooms into the image
- From the bottom right corner of the pop up is a download button (arrow pointing downwards). Click on it to download the image
- Depending on your browser and browser settings, the download will either begin or the full resolution image will load in a new tab. By default, automatically downloaded images are saved to the user’s Downloads folder.
- If your image loads in a new tab (this is likely to happen in Mozilla and Chrome), right click on the image and select “save image as”.
- Navigate to the location where you want to save your image and click “Save” (the name will provided automatically)