Where to find Lockscreen Spotlight images in Windows 10?

Windows Spotlight is a fancy feature which exists in Windows 10 November Update 1511. It downloads beautiful images from the Internet and shows them on your lock screen! So, every time you boot or lock Windows 10, you will see a new lovely image. However, Microsoft made the downloaded images hidden from the end user. Here is how you can find those images and use them as your wallpaper or somewhere else.

Windows 10 build 10558 spotlight lockscreens
To get access to image files downloaded by the Windows Spotlight feature, follow the instructions below.

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Tip: See the complete list of Win key shortcuts available in Windows.
  2. Enter the following in the Run box:

    Windows 10 Run open spotlight folder
    Press Enter

  3. A folder will be opened in File Explorer.
    Windows 10 Run spotlight folder
  4. Copy all the files you see to any folder you want. This PC\Pictures is suitable.Windows 10 this pc pictures
  5. Rename each file you copied to add a ".jpg" extension. You can do so by either selecting each file, and pressing F2, then Tab to quickly rename files.Or an even faster way would be to open a command prompt at the selected folder and type this command:
    Ren *.* *.jpg

    Windows 10 batch rename files

You are done:
Windows 10 find spotlight imagesAlternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker. A tool has been added to find your current lock screen image or grab the entire Spotlight image collection which Windows 10 has downloaded and stored on your drive. Unlike scripts you might be using for this, the tool doesn't collect "garbage" files like provisioned app icons and promoted app tiles. Also, it sorts images according to their screen orientation (Landscape and Portrait). You will find it under Tools\Find Lock Screen Images:

winaero-tweaker-find-lock-screen-imagesYou can get the app here: Download Winaero Tweaker.


Also, you can download very huge collection of Spotlight images from here:

Windows 10 default lockscreensThat's it. Now you can use these images like any other picture - set them as Desktop background, view with Windows Photo Viewer and so on. (By the way, here is how you can enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10).


15 thoughts on “Where to find Lockscreen Spotlight images in Windows 10?

  1. LonM

    Interesting note: If you open an irfanview window, and drag the image [without .jpg extension] in to it, irfanview will automatically re-name it for you.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep, you are right. It has the appropriate option in settings. This behavior can be disabled.

  2. Thorsten Albrecht

    To view only jpg files in the user spotlight folder I recommend this tool: SpotlightPicView


    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks, but I will use my Tweaker app, as mentioned in the article.
      It does its job perfectly :)

    2. Katia Di Lizio

      Grazie, molto snella e utile!

  3. David

    I used the Find lock screen Images tool in Winaaro and it somehow set the default image from winaero permanently on my lockscreen. I’ve been trying reg hacks, gpedits and various other possible fixes for some time now and still have not found a solution to removing this image and inserting my own.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization has my image set in the lockscreenimage key.

    As a note, In Settings>lockscreen it now has the message “Some settings are managed by your organization” on top. I haven’t found this anywhere else – just this one location.

    Any idea?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You can delete the lockscreenimage value and restart your PC. this will “unlock” options in Personalization – Lock Screen.
      You can also press “reset to defaults” in Winaero Tweaker on the default lock screen background page.

  4. Sushant

    Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  5. Martin Prohn

    In the current release of the Fall Creators update this doesn’t work anymore! Maybe there is a new folder new instead. Has anyone any idea?

  6. CJIoHuKu

    Win 10 1909 не работает. в Папке Local State больше нет папки Asets. И кнопка Get all images stored on this PC тоже не работает.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Посмотрю, поправлю.

  7. Mike

    Win 10 1909 doesn’t work.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      What exactly?
      I successfully grabbed images in version 2004. All works.

  8. Cody Swartz

    I would love an option to auto-save these into a directory after login, and another option to automatically set the desktop wallpaper to the current lock screen after logging in.

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