How To Avoid Saving Images In WEBP Format In Google Chrome

WebP images, a new format for images that provides superior quality with least compression of data on the web pages. These image formats are not much popular among other developers. But all of the Google products and even the Opera browsers support these formats of web images.

While saving WebP images from these browsers or Google websites, you might have noticed it saves the images as WebP format. These formats are great, but still, you will need a browser to open the saved images with these formats or else you won’t be able to access them. But if you want, you can save them in regular JPEG or PNG format and use them as a regular image. So, let us see how we can convert and save WebP images as JPG or PNG image formats.

What Are WebP Images?

WebP, as the name suggests is an image format created for the web pages and online content. This format provides lossless and lossy compression for the images. Lossless compression means that once the file is compressed, you can still have the original data after decompressing it. While lossy means while compressing a file some of its data will be erased. The file can be decompressed but you won’t be able to recover the original data, which will be unnoticeable.

Google’s new image format, WEBP allows lossless compression of online images into less than one-third size than PNG or JPG. But it is still not supported by most of the image viewing and processing tools like Picassa, and not even natively supported in Adobe Photoshop. You can identify a WEBP image by checking “File Type” while downloading.

Follow these steps to download a WEBP file like JPG or PNG:

  • Right-click or long-press (based on your device) on the image to open it in a new tab
  • The URL will contain either of the two chunks –
    • -rw” at the end, or
    • t_optimized,f_auto/” in the middle
  • Delete the URL chunk and press Enter
  • The image will now reload in its original format, which you can download using the “Save Image As” option.

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