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How to save WEBP images from Google as JPEG or PNG

The Google WEBP image format is pretty cool: its unique compression schemes can render images about two-thirds the same size as a JPEG or PNG image.

Despite years of development, a prominent presence in Google products, and an experience of widespread adoption, WEBP is still not fully supported by some of the most popular photo tools, such as the Microsoft Photos app — though he is Powered by older Windows Photo Viewer. Here’s how to save a WEBP image in a more popular format.

Using Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

One browser – Microsoft Internet Explorer – does not support WEBP. Therefore, if a website uses .webp files, it must serve JPEG or PNG versions of those same images to Microsoft Edge running in Internet Explorer mode. Getting JPEG or PNG versions of an image on a website is often as simple as opening it in Edge’s Internet Explorer mode and then downloading the image from that browser.

First, you have to make sure that you have Edge Internet Explorer mode enabled.

Related: How to use Internet Explorer mode in Edge

Head to a webpage with the WEBP image, highlight the URL, right-click on it, and click Copy.

Select the address in the address bar, right-click, and press

Fire up Edge, right-click on the address bar, click Paste, and press Enter.

Then click on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the “Settings and more” menu.

Look in the options and click “Reload in Internet Explorer Mode” – you’ll find it near the bottom.

If the website performs the correct server-side conversion, the page will look the same, but this time all the images will be in JPEG or PNG format.

Right-click on the image, then click “Save Image As.”

Go to the destination folder, then click Save, and your image will be downloaded to that folder.

This is it. Navigate to the image and open or edit it as you would any other JPEG file.

Using MS Paint

If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can download the WEBP image to your hard drive and use MS Paint to open it.

Why not use a program that is already on your computer to convert any photos you have? Paint converts WEBP to JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and some other formats as well, without the need to download any additional software.

Right-click on the image, then click Open With > Paint if it’s not set to open WEBP files by default.

Once the image is open in Paint, click File > Save As, then choose a format from the available list.

Class: Drawing on Windows 10 looks somewhat different, but the options are the same.

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Choose a destination for the file, then click Save.

Once you have finished converting your image, it will appear in the folder where you saved it.

A PNG version of WEBP is saved in the same folder.

using the command line

If you feel more comfortable behind the command line, Google offers utilities to encode, decrypt, and display WEBP on Linux and Windows Mac OS X. This is a slightly advanced way to integrate into software and a website, but if you want to learn how to use a command line tool, don’t. Feel free to continue.

Depending on your operating system, use the appropriate link above to download the libraries, then extract the files to your computer. We will be using Windows PowerShell, but it should work similarly on all systems.

Open PowerShell in the folder containing the .webp files for conversion. use the cd Command to change directory. It should look like this, with “NAME” replaced with your Windows username:

cd C:\users\NAME\Pictures

If you look in the “bin” folder, you may notice some files with an .exe extension. In this guide, we’ll be using a file dwebp.exe A command to decode (convert) a WEBP image. The command syntax looks like this:

C:\Path\To\dwebp.exe inputFile.webp -o outputFile

Notice how we specified the file extension for the resulting image? The decoder converts images to other formats, so we need to be specific. We used PNG in this example, but it can be output to TIFF, BMP, and a few others when using other converters. Full documentation can be found on Google WEBP.

Although there is no option to convert to JPEG, if you want to convert an image to JPEG, all you have to do is put “.jpeg” at the end of the output file when using -o Transformation.

NB: If you plan to use this tool a lot, you may want to consider adding the decoder, viewer, and encoder executables to your system path, for easier access down the road. This makes you not have to be in the same directory as the executables when you want to run them from the command line from any folder.

Related: How to edit the system path for easy access to the command line in Windows

After the tool converts and saves the image, you can go to the location of the output file and open it with any program you want.

File Explorer opens to the folder containing the original WebP and the converted files.

Use the online conversion tool

If you would rather use a website to change your WEBP image to another format, there are plenty of sites that offer free online conversion tools to do so. They handle everything server-side, which means you don’t have to download and install any software or learn command line tools.

As with any online file conversion tool, you should not upload any type of sensitive or confidential file. If you’re worried someone else might see it – for example, if it’s a picture of a confidential document – it’s best to just work with the file on your computer.

For the purpose of this guide, we will be using Zamzam online file converter tool. It is completely free to use and the service says that the uploaded file has been deleted from the server within 24 hours. If you want to convert more than five simultaneous conversions for free, it offers paid subscriptions as well.

Head to the Zamzar website, click Upload, select the file you want to convert, and then click Open. Instead, simply drag and drop the files into the browser tab of your computer.

Next, click on Choose Format, and from the drop-down list, choose a supported format to convert to.

Click Convert Now.

Depending on the file size, the conversion should only take a few seconds. After conversion, you will be redirected to the download page, then click the Download button to start the download.

It will be automatically saved to your default download location unless a file browser prompts you for the location of the download folder each time.

Related: How to change Chrome download folder location

To view the image, head to the folder where you saved it and open it with your favorite image viewer.

Use a special URL trick

As you might expect, Google uses its own WEBP images for all products and services on the Google Play Store. In some cases, you can make a slight modification to the image URL to be displayed in another format. While this method doesn’t work on all websites, if you need to quickly force the Google Play Store to convert an image for you, this nifty little trick can save you some time.

Open Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari or Opera – almost any browser that supports viewing of WEBP images. Head to a site that uses WEBP images to save bandwidth, such as any of the app listings on play.google.com.

Stardew Valley on the Google Play Store.

Right-click or long-press on an image, then click on the “Open image in new tab” option. Then the WEBP image gets its own tab, and the URL at the top of that tab is a direct link to the image’s origin – without displaying anything else on the page.

Example

Click on the URL bar, delete the last three characters in the address (“-rw”), then hit enter. The same image will be displayed again, but this time it will be displayed in its original format, usually a JPEG or PNG. Right click or long press on the image, then select the “Save Image As” option. It downloads it in the original format – just like any other file.

Download prompt with a PNG image instead of the WebP image.

You might be left wondering, “Isn’t there an easier way to do this?” There – as with most things related to browsers, the solution is a browser extension. There are plenty of extensions that will automatically handle converting WEBP files to any other image format you like, but you probably shouldn’t use them. Browser extensions are a privacy nightmare and you should avoid using them when they are absolutely not necessary.

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