Are the images you’re trying to download in Chrome downloaded in WebP format, but you prefer them to be downloaded in JPEG or PNG format? Do you struggle to open WebP images in Windows and hate it when you can’t? WebP images are smaller than other image formats, so webmasters and developers use them to make the web faster.
But what exactly is the WebP format? In this article, we’ll explain what this format is, why Chrome saves images in this format, and how you can stop it.
What is the WebP image format?
The WebP image format was introduced by Google over a decade ago, and in recent years it has become mainstream. Images in this format are smaller and lighter than others, and its superior compressibility has made it very popular lately. Even though it is smaller, it maintains a high level of quality.
Why does Chrome save images as WebP?
According to Google Developers documentation, WebP images are over 25% smaller than other popular image formats. Thus, they are relatively easy to load on the web, allowing web pages to load faster. For this reason, most web developers prefer to serve WebP images on their websites to load them quickly and improve their search engine rankings.
So, if Chrome saves the images in WebP format, then there is a high chance that the website owner is serving images in WebP format to their visitors so that the website loads faster. But is it possible to prevent Chrome from saving images in WebP format?
How do I stop Chrome from saving images as WebP?
Technically, Chrome doesn’t convert images to WebP when you download them from a website. In fact, the images are served in WebP format by the websites that host them. Therefore, there is no direct way to prevent Chrome from saving images as WebP.
There are, however, workarounds that you can use to download images in whatever format you prefer directly from Chrome. Let’s review a few of them.
How to Save WebP Images to Other Formats on Chrome
If you regularly upload images to the web and don’t want them uploaded as WebP, here are some solutions you can try:
1. Use Save Image as Type Extension
The easiest way to save WebP images to other formats is to use a browser extension that allows you to do so. Among the hundreds of extensions available, Save Image As Type is the best choice. With this extension, you can download images directly from the right-click context menu in the format of your choice, simplifying the process.
Here’s how to upload images in the desired format using the Save Image As Type extension:
- Download the Save image as type Chrome web store extension.
- Once added, navigate to the image you wish to download in a format other than WebP.
- Open the context menu by right clicking on the image, and you will see a Save image as type option.
- To download an image in the desired format, go to Save image as type menu and choose your preferred format.
The extension supports JPEG, WebP, and PNG formats, so you can upload any format you want. If you are not interested in this route, follow the next workaround.
2. Use the Paint app on Windows
The Windows Paint application supports the WebP format and allows you to easily convert images to other formats. Here is how you can download WebP images in desired formats on Windows or convert downloaded images using the Paint application:
- Navigate to the image you want to upload in a format other than WebP.
- Right click on the image and select Copy the image from the context menu.
- Launch the Paint app.
- Hurry CTRL+V to paste the copied image into the Paint application.
- In the upper left corner of your screen, click the Case tongue.
- To save the image in the desired format, navigate to the Save as menu and choose the desired format.
If you have already downloaded the images in WebP format, open them in Paint and follow the same steps to convert them.
Although this method does not affect the image quality in most cases, if the quality drops too much for specific images, you should download them in WebP format and then use the Paint application to convert them.
3. Use a web-based image converter
You can also use a web image converter to convert WebP images to other formats, especially if you have already downloaded several WebP images. Among many popular choices, Online Convert is a reliable website for converting WebP images. To learn how to convert images using the image conversion tools offered by Online Convert, follow these steps:
- Visit the Convert Online website.
- Click on the Image converter scrolling menu.
- Choose the format you want to convert your WebP images to.
- Click on Choose files and select the image from your device to upload.
- Click on Begin once the image is downloaded.
- After converting the image, click the To download button to download the image.
Unfortunately, you will need to subscribe to Online Covert’s premium subscription to perform batch conversions. For free batch conversion, check out our guide to tools that offer free batch conversion and image optimization.
4. Use a browser version that does not support WebP
If you open a web page in a browser that does not support the WebP format, the images will be served in their original format. So, if you don’t want to use any of the methods mentioned above, download browsers that don’t support the format. You can also use an older version of your default browser that did not support the format before.
Can you open WebP images on Windows?
Although there is no native way to open WebP images on Windows, as you usually open images in other formats through Windows Photos, there are some workarounds you can use. These workarounds include renaming the file extension, using a third-party application such as ImageGlass, opening them directly in web browsers, or enabling Windows Photo Viewer.
See our guide to opening WebP images on Windows 11 to learn more about these methods.
Save WebP images in desired format
Downloading images in WebP format and not being able to open them with the Windows Photos app can be very irritating. By following our guide, you should understand why Chrome saves images as WebP and be able to download images in the desired format with the mentioned workarounds.