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How to download all Windows Spotlight images

Windows Spotlight is a fairly new feature that is exclusively available on devices running Windows 10 that changes the lockscreen experience by displaying new images on a regular basis with options to leave feedback for each image displayed this way.

These wallpaper images are similar but not necessarily identical to the images that Microsoft displays on the startpage of its Bing search engine.

If you like those images, you may want to set them as the desktop background on your computer system as well and maybe even if you don't run Windows 10.

Download all Windows Spotlight Images

You have several options to download these images of which most are exclusive to devices running Windows 10.

The Windows Store Spotbright application

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The application, available for mobile devices and PCs running Windows 10 can download all Spotlight pictures in a single operation.

All you need to do is the following to use it to download all Windows Spotlight photos to your system:

  1. Install SpotBright from its Windows Store page. The app is free to run and use, but displays advertisement by default. It is not much of an issue, but you can purchase the Pro version for $0.99 to remove the advertisement and support the author.
  2. Click on "fast search" to scan for available pictures.
  3. SpotBright displays a download button after the scan that you can click on to download them all to the local system.
  4. Click on "open download location" to display the downloaded pictures in File Explorer. You find them under C:\users\[username]\Pictures\SpotBright by default.

The manual method

windows spotlight cache

If you cannot install the application or don't want to, you can still use a manual method to grab the pictures.

Good news is that Spotlight images are cached on the device running Windows 10 which means that you can access them in the cache location, or copy them from it to another location for safekeeping.

  1. Open a new File Explorer window, for instance with the shortcut Windows-E, or with a click on the Explorer icon in the taskbar.
  2. Paste the following path into the address bar: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets
  3. This opens the picture cache. You will notice that the selection is limited in comparison to what the SpotBright application makes available.
  4. These images have no extension which means that you need to rename them all to add the file extension to the file name.
  5. Select all images, right-click on the selection, and select copy to create a copy of each picture in a location of your choosing.
  6. Navigate to the folder you want to save the pictures in, right-click once it is open and select paste from the context menu.
  7. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe and hit enter.
  8. Copy and paste 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\test\*.* *.jpg
  9. The command adds the file extension .jpg to each file.
  10. Switch to thumbnail view in File Explorer afterwards. You will notice that some files are not images, or unusable as wallpapers. Simple delete all blank images, and those that are not suitable as wallpapers.

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Download individual wallpapers directly

What if you don't run Windows 10? You may still download Windows Spotlight images to your device for use as wallpaper.

Someone has uploaded the majority of Spotlight images to Imgur from where they can be downloaded in all of their glory.

Head over to the site to browse the selection. You may download any image individually by right-clicking on it and selecting the save option afterwards.

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  1. S2015 said on February 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm
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    a user also had better keep an eye on a site (like some file sharing site) that’s been aggressively sponsored, as some could contain potentially misleading download button or 3rd-party ads. As for a compressed wallpaper file, one should always scan the downloaded item before open it.

  2. Paul(us) said on February 21, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    Martin, You are not mentioning the quality (I am meaning how much is the average upload of every picture) of the pictures, do you have any idea about this?
    And also very important to me personally is it possible to define/ preset the download that i do not want any outer upload than pictures of one specific subject like let say, nature (water picture, wounds picture , mountains picture, etc)?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm
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      The images are available in different resolutions, horizontal and vertical mostly. They can go up to more than 1 Megabyte in size and start at about 400 Kilobyte.

      Most resolutions are either 1920×1080 or 1080×1920.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm
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      Thank you Lorissa!

    2. Me said on May 28, 2016 at 5:46 am
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      Thank you ! :)

    3. Flavio said on August 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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      Thanks love your pack :”)

  3. chesscanoe said on February 24, 2016 at 12:08 am
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    I used the free Spotlight with IE11 to speedily download 169 1920×1080 landscape images, and then used Irfanview to view each fullscreen on my Win10 laptop. I deleted 36 of them immediately as outside my interest, and will review the remaining again to delete some more. It’s not a bad selection, although many are in the Microsoft style of oversaturation they love to use. After I rename and move the ones I really like into the Microsoft Photo Screensaver (a separate download), I’ll see them again if and only if I choose to activate that screensaver, a function I normally don’t use. Then I plan on removing Spotlight.

    1. chesscanoe said on February 24, 2016 at 3:29 am
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      Subsequent to using Spotlight free as I previously said, Spotlight and the notification area combined info that new album was created, and allowed me to put 112 of the 133 images to OneDrive after I started OneDrive. The upload was as fast as my ISP promised. I don’t fully understand Microsoft Photo, Spotlight, and OneDrive yet, but am building a mental theory….

  4. Matthew Kerfoot said on June 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm
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    I wrote a script that will get and organize all spotlight photos, it can be found on my blog here -> http://www.theovernightadmin.com/2016/09/windows-spotlight-wallpapers.html

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