Have you ever wondered where the background images displayed on your Windows PC come from? Windows Spotlight takes care of these images. With Windows Spotlight, your computer regularly downloads new photos and uses them as your lock screen wallpaper. Spotlight feature also provides tips on how to improve productivity, in this article we will learn how to save Spotlight images on Windows 11.
Even though Spotlight downloads images continuously, the images are not so usable for other purposes. This means that they are not the usual .JPG or .PNG images. So you will have to work a bit to save it and use it somewhere else.
So, if you want to use or store Spotlight photos for personal use, here is what you should do.
Locate Spotlight Images in Files Folder on Windows
By default, Windows saves Spotlight images in a folder called AppData. However, this folder is hidden. Here’s how to locate it:
Step 1: Launch File Explorer.
Step 2: Select the View tab.
Step 3: Under the Show/Hide group, select the check box next to Hidden items to ensure that all hidden folders and files are made visible.
Step 4: Navigate to the assets folder by copying and pasting the following path into the file explorer address bar:
Once in the Assets folder, you will see several files that represent Spotlight images. However, these files do not have extensions, which makes them unusable unless extensions are added.
Change the file extension to a usable image file type
To change the extension of Spotlight images and make them usable, here is what you should do:
Step 1: Create a new folder in a preferred location on your computer.
Step 2: Select all the files in the assets folder containing the Spotlight images by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.
Step 3: Copy the files by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard or right-clicking on your selection and selecting Copy.
note: When you try to copy files, you may receive a warning message from Windows that some files can cause harm to your computer. The reason is that you are moving them from one of the system folders, and they do not have certain extensions. For this reason, Windows does not recognize File Types.
Step 4: Paste the files into the new folder by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can right-click inside the folder and select Paste from the options menu.
Step 5: Select File at the top of the File Explorer window.
Step 6: Click Open Windows PowerShell and select Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.
Step 7: In the new folder containing the transferred Spotlight images, place the cursor at the top of the bar, right-click and copy the title of the track.
Step 8: In Windows PowerShell, type cmd, leave a space, and paste the copied path.
Step 9: Enter the command below and hit Enter on your keyboard and this should change the file extension to jpg.
Step 10: Exit the Command Prompt and press F5 on your keyboard to refresh the folder.
The images should now be in jpg format and ready to use.
Automatically download spot images
While following the steps above helps locate and convert previous Spotlight images into usable files, doing so can be tedious all the time. Windows 11 does not provide a feature that allows automatic downloading; However, you can download third-party apps from the Microsoft Store that does the trick. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Launch the Microsoft Store.
Step 2: Find a dynamic theme and select Get.
Get a dynamic theme
Step 3: Launch the Dynamic Theme app from the start menu.
Step 4: On the left side of the application window, click on the Daily Windows Spotlight image.
Step 5: Scroll through the list of options and enable the switch to autosave.
Step 6: Choose the folder in which you want to save your photos.
After taking these steps, you should download Spotlight images to your computer daily.
CHANGE THE THEME IN WINDOWS 11
Now that you know how to save Spotlight images on Windows 11, those beautiful wallpapers that always appear on your Windows lock screen, you can also consider changing the theme of your Windows 11 PC.