Windows 10 has brought to us a wealth of new features including Windows Spotlight. Spotlight delivers to users magnificent and invigorating lock screen images from sources such as Bing. If you want to use Spotlight images for your desktop wallpaper or perhaps a work project, then.. where are they located? Hidden away in a secretive Microsoft data chamber? Nope! They are actually freely available on the internet via an Imugur album or downloadable via the Spotbright app on the Windows Store. Alternatively, you can access them in the deep underbelly of your computer.
How to download Spotlight images individually
If you are just after a few pretty images than you can navigate yourself over to the ‘Spotlight‘ album on Imgur by the Reddit user Fuzsion.
Unfortunately the album only covers February 2016 but there are a great assortment on there to check out. You can easily download an image by right clicking it and selecting save image as from the drop down menu.
Presto! You have an image downloaded from Spotlight.
Download all images via the Spotlight app
You can download all of the latest Spotlight images in one go through the free SpotBright app.
Navigate to the Windows Start menu on your desktop and search forMicrosoft Store.
In the Microsoft Store application, type in SpotBright in the search field and select the app from the drop down list.
On the SpotBright app page, click Get.
The SpotBright app has been downloaded. Click Launch.
The SpotBright app opens.
To search the latest pictures to download, select Search Pictures.
The app will start searching all available pictures for download.
Back at the home screen, select Download [X] new pictures. X stands for number of pictures available to download found in the search.
The pictures will start downloading and be marked as in progress.
Select Open download location.
The downloaded Spotlight photos will appear. You can differentiate between the two for computer wallpaper and phone wallpaper as portrait is longer for phones and wallpaper is longer by width.
Locate Spotlight images on your hard drive
Open File Explorer.
In File Explorer, navigate to the Assets folder. You can either type or copy and paste the below file path into the File Explorer address bar:
Although if you are having trouble with the copy and paste above, then follow these navigation steps to get to the folder. First of all go to your C: drive and into the Users folder.
Navigate into your username folder i.e. dfiasson.
In your username folder, if you haven’t done this already, navigate to the View tab and tick the checkbox Hidden items.
The AppData folder should appear. Click into it.
Go into the Local folder.
Navigate into the Packages folder and then Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy folder.
Finally, navigate into LocalState and then the Assets folder.
You are now in the treasure trove of the Spotlight images! Unfortunately they look like long winded unremarkable files.. not friendly appealing image files. Simply select all and copy them. You may receive a warning message like below if you want to right click and copy. Click OK.
Create a new folder i.e. Spotlight photos on your computer and copy the files into it.
Some of the files are actually image files and some are not. You could do the really arduous way of changing each one to a .jpg file format one by one in File Explorer… Or, you can do them all in Command Prompt. So let’s go!
Navigate to Start and open Command Prompt.
Navigate to the folder location (example as shown below).
ren * *.jpg and press Enter.
All the files are now JPEG files! Wow!
Change the View settings to Large Icons.
Now we can tell the difference between PC wallpaper, Phone wallpaper, and not images at all!
The photos from Spotlight will be updating periodically, so best to check every few weeks for updated images.
They sure are beautiful pictures are they not?
There you have it! A complete guide to accessing those fantastic Spotlight images and use them to your hearts content. Easy as pie!