How to Find Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images in Windows 10

Windows 10 is easily the most aesthetically pleasing version of Windows to date. Nowhere does that statement show more clearly than the operating system’s support for beautiful wallpapers, themes, and background images.

Most themes and wallpaper images are easy to find and repurpose for other uses (see our article on how to locate wallpaper images in Windows 10).

However, there is one source of images that’s trickier to track down, known as Windows Spotlight images. These wallpaper pictures are a set of stunning photos curated by Bing that automatically get downloaded to your Windows 10 profile and appear on your screen when your profile is locked.

Here’s where to find Windows Spotlight lock screen images in Windows 10.

How to Enable Windows Spotlight

To find and obtain those beautiful wallpaper images from Bing, you must have Windows Spotlight enabled. The option is active by default, but it may have changed at some point due to system adjustments.

If you don’t have it activated, here’s how to do it:

Click in the search box of your Windows 10 taskbar and type “lock screen,” then hit enter, and it will launch the lock screen settings app.

In the “Background” dropdown, you have several choices. If your background is set to something different than Windows Spotlight, change it. There are several other options here, including toggles for which apps can show quick or detailed statuses and an opportunity to hide or show your Windows desktop background on the sign-in screen.

One point of clarification: there is a difference between the Windows ‘sign-in screen’ and the Windows ‘lock screen.’  The Windows Spotlight feature discussed here applies to the lock screen.

You can test the Spotlight feature quickly by locking your PC (keyboard shortcut: Windows Key + L). Based on your Internet connection speed, it may take a few moments for a new Windows Spotlight image to load, as Windows has to grab the copy from Bing’s servers. If you have Spotlight turned on already, Windows will grab these images in the background ahead of time, but there may be some lag if you’ve just turned on the feature.

While previewing your new Windows Spotlight background images on the lock screen, you may occasionally see a text box that asks if you like what you see. You can hover over the box or tap on it to answer yes (“I like it!”) or no (“Not a fan”). After choosing your preference, Windows and Bing will use that information to custom-tailor future images to your tastes, much like users can give ratings to custom song playlists on services like Pandora or Apple Music.

Where to Find Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images

After enabling Windows Spotlight, it will start collecting a variety of pictures. So, where do you find them on your PC?

Microsoft hides these images very well, so you’ll have to do some digging to get to them. Here’s how to find them:

  1. Open File Explorer (type ‘File Explorer’ in the search box if you struggle to locate it) and click the View tab.
  2. Find and click Options on the far right of File Explorer’s ribbon toolbar (you may need to adjust the size of File Explorer to see it). Click Change folder and search options.
  3. In the Folder Options window that appears, select the View tab.
  4. In the Advanced Settings list, click the button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  5. Click Apply to save the change, then click OK to close the Folder Options window.
  6. In File Explorer, navigate to: This PC > C: > Users > [Your User Name] > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets.

At this point, you should see an Assets folder with many files without any file extensions. These files are your Windows Spotlight lock screen images, listed in a variety of sizes and formats.

If you’re planning to use any of the Windows Spotlight images on your desktop PC or laptop, you’ll want the desktop-sized versions of these images. These are typically the images with the largest file sizes. Here’s how to identify the right wallpaper files.

  1. Switch File Explorer to Details view.
  2. Ensure the Size column is enabled to help you identify the correct images.

Copy and Paste the Images You Want

Now, we need to make sense of this mess of data you just found. The files are JPEG images with unique names. Here’s how to obtain the photos.

  1. Select one or two of the files with the larger file sizes (typically higher than 400KB.)
  2. Copy the selected files to your desktop or another folder on your PC.
  3. Navigate to the directory where you pasted the files.
  4. Highlight one file and press F2 on your keyboard to rename it and add the ‘.jpg’ extension at the end.

After renaming the file and adding ‘.jpg’ at the end of it, you should be able to double-click the file to open it in Windows Photos or your preferred image viewer.

Download Windows Spotlight Images with an App

The Windows 10 Store includes a couple of apps specifically designed to download and obtain Spotlight wallpapers. The apps make the process easier without all the fidgeting and complicated steps.

Some good options include:

Both apps will allow you to quickly and easily download Spotlight images in Windows 10. These apps can be a little hit or miss, though, so you may be better off following the manual solution described earlier in this article.

Use a Website to Download Spotlight Images

The Windows 10 Spotlight Images site has more than 2,000 Spotlight images archived, and more get added daily, making it a great option for users who want to download Spotlight images without having to do the work themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to more of your questions about Windows Spotlight Lockscreen Images.

How do I turn off Windows Spotlight Lockscreen?

You can disable the Windows Spotlight Lockscreen by following the steps above and selecting a different background.

Just follow this path to do it: Lockscreen Settings > Lock screen > Background dropdown. Select Picture or Slideshow.

Can I customize the Spotlight Lockscreen?

Absolutely! You can add or remove your emails, calendar, and more. All you need to do is go to the lock screen settings (shown above) and click on the app icons under the background dropdown. Then, add or remove apps you’d like to see on your lock screen.

You can select your calendar, email, Pandora, the weather, and more.

Do you have any other suggestions or tips foraccessingo these beautiful pictures? If you do, then please share your ideas with us in the comments below!

30 thoughts on “How to Find Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images in Windows 10”

TJ says:
They’re Here:


In the Screen folder. All the Windows 10 wallpapers are in that directory.

JRS says:
That directory is NOT where Windows keeps the “Spotlight” pictures. There are a few nice pictures there, but they are not the “Spotlight” pictures for your lockscreen. The directory way deep in your C: drive that is listed in the above article is correct, that is where Windows stores (and rotates) your Spotlight pictures.
Suzanne says:
I don’t know if anyone has noticed this yet. But you don’t need to add the .jpg to the end of the file name.
You can just drag the file to the google image search bar ( without renaming. It will find the image and tell you about it.
I have added the Assets folder to my QuickAccess list. Then if I like a photo, I go there, sort the files by date, most recent on top. Then drag the most recent one to google. There are usually 2 versions of each photo, one is screen sized. And it looks like WIndows downloads them in bunches. I can see six images with the same date listed.
peter says:
this actually worked out perfectly, no clue how you did find them files in the first place but chapeau. I wrote this review just to express my gratitude
Cynthia Mikimoto says:
Adding my thanks here too. It worked exactly as described. THANK YOU!
Jim says:
Until about a month ago the lockscreen photo changed every few days. For the past month the photo has not changed. Can you tell me how to get it to change regularly as before?
Randy says:
Is there a way to figure out WHERE the pictures are from? I like the Bing spotlight b/c it does ask on the boot-up screen 1) Do you like what you see? 2) It has some quirky question about the image or details about the image such as The tallest waterfall in the world. But you can still figure out where the photo was taken.
katie says:
very useful thanks
Doug Wylie says:
I use the Windows spotlight option, and the only reason that I went to this site was that one day a picture was shown of the water in Brugges Belgium and I had taken almost the same picture (but in black and white) when I was there in 1966 on a camping trip around Europe.
David Grosz says:
When I set spotlight on and the images start displaying, I don’t get the messages on my screen saying what the photos are of like my work computer does. Is there another setting for this?
Kamil K. W says:
Stupid image I was looking for to delete was here:



Diya B says:

Many thanks for the info! I could view few of the files. But my question is that in my computer when the lock screen turns on it shows the location of the pic. How do I find that? I renamed to *.jpg one of these files and thought that the location may be in file info. But it is not. Whenever there is a pic of a a beautiful pace I ususaly note down the place. I am trying to find the location of a wildflower field in japan. It went by only about weeks ago. Any idea!
Thanks again!

YATIN says:
And it was the best explanation of path,
I really wanted the spotlight image and it really worked,
so thank you brother.
GJJohn says:
Did you try doing a copy and paste of the photo into Bing images? I can often find sources of photos in Bing Images that way.
Sam says:
Great to know all. However my problem is not yet solved. I am not concerned with pictures window find and temporarily store in asset folder of Spotlight. I have added two personal images that took in “Lock Scree” and have lost both the originals. I am hoping to somehow get them from where they are stored and Asset folder had all the windows auto selected images but not those two that I have added. I still can chose between the two and they don’t get erased over a period of about a year. So I assume they are in another folder but where. Can any one so kindly help me with this?
Sam Sen says:
I have my own image taken and use as Screen Lock. Now where is that image? Checked the image folders as above and after renaming them with .jpg, non is the image I added and am currently use. Anyone knows where this kind of images are stored?
jane says:
I had some people get into my computer and delete all the images, they ruined my ability to use spotlight. I did somehow capture some of their images and run those over and over, they did a super job of ruining my computer.
jack says:
thanks budy , its work…
thanks alot
Nate says:
I made a little bat file with the following commands:
set CoolPhotos=”c:\mycoolphotos”
del “%CoolPhotos%\*.*” /Q
copy “%localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets\*.*” “%CoolPhotos%”
ren “%CoolPhotos%\*.*” “*.jpg”
Copies all files to a folder of your choice and appends .jpg to all, ready to view. Works great!
Stefanos A says:
Simply copy this to file explorer address bar:
Stefanos A says:
And use RenameMaster to add to all files .jpg extension at the and of the name
Alison says:
No need to use RenameWhatever.
Once you copy those files to a new folder you created, go to that new folder. For me, I would:
ROBOCOPY %Userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets Pics /DCOPY:T
And go to Pics folder created.
Open the good ol’ Command Prompt, or the modern PowerShell (search it or type cmd in the address bar).
Issue the following command: FOR %F IN (*) DO @RENAME %F %F.jpg
All of those files will be suffixed with jpg.
And by the way, the current Lock Screen pic is not there. It’s in:
And you need ownership to that.
Paulina says:
I really wanted an image off of spotlight, and I couldn’t find it through google. I tried looking through my computer files myself, but still couldn’t find it, and I wouldn’t have identified those weird files as pictures anyway – so thank you!
daisy says:
The information of where the photo taken, e.g. California, USA, is not showing when mouse hover. All I see was do you like it. Went to the temp folder, property of the image doesn’t say anything in details either.
dumisani says:
I am looking for a lock screen image that appeared after updating my windows 10, I liked it, on it was a beautiful scenery with a big stone on the side of a road.
I like the lock screens but we need more variety
Kavi Rana says:
thank you so much!
Cathy Phillips says:
Just…thank you. Really helpful.
Michael Stephenson says:
C: > Users > [Your User Name] > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets
Really? What the f is that >>>> dont tell me u r open u computer with mouse but not via winE?
or %userprofile%AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewyLocalStateAssets
koldfish says:
Just get Spotbright on the Windows Store, that auto downloads and allows you to browse all of the Windows Spotlight images, very simple and easy.
Linda says:
How do you do this? Can’t find it in the Windows Store, but then again, I’m not very tech savvy…
neonix says:
PSA: Directory Opus, an alternative file explorer/manager for Windows targeted at power users, will actually detect the file formats and show thumbnails of these images in the Assets folder despite not having file extensions!
Terry Quinn says:
My lock screen image is frozen on the one image. Following your steps Windows spotlight is selected for Background and the toggle switch is on. I can change the photo there in settings but when I turn on I get the same picture every time.
It used to work and I thought it was a great feature.
Is there something else I should look at to fix this.
Jaime Stuardo says:
I think it would be interesting to add to this feature the location of the image when it is a landscape. For example, sometimes a beautiful landscape appears and I wonder where that picture was taken as @allisonllanos:disqus wrote. The location name could be placed in some corner of the picture or enable right click properties option when in lock screen.
Jodi Boydston says:
I need help, I can’t find the assets folder. I went through all steps, from This PC to LocalState, Asset wasn’t there. Mine said Tips and it was empty. I’m going to take a break for now.
Amit Khatri says:
There are some pictures which windows keep showing me again and again on my lock screen. I don’t want to seem them anymore. But, there is no option to unlike the photos which you have liked in past. What should I do.
Adedokun Samuel says:
I cant find the windows spotlight option on my lock screen settings help

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