A few weeks ago, we posted a rather in-depth tutorial on how to grab those images from Windows Spotlight to use as wallpaper on your phone or PC. The trick is not hard, but it is not very convenient either.
Now, a new free app for Windows 10 and Mobile does the work for you with a fancy UI. The app is called SpotBright and published by T. Partl. It mainly runs a batch script in the background to find all the current Windows Spotlight featured images. Once found either using the fast or in-depth search, the app lets you download all the photos to a directory.
For PC and phone, the app downloads all the images in both formats – landscape and portrait – to a Pictures/Spotlight directory, which is created. If you are concerned about space, you may want to download and move them to OneDrive.
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The app is clean, simple and does what it supposed to with ease. The developer notes he has not extensively tested the app worldwide, and things could break. However, if it all stays the same, he promises "Live Tile or wallpaper/lockscreen picture rotation" as an added feature down the road.
Needless to say, this is some cool stuff, and it is great to see developers tackling such highly requested features!
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Thanks! Going to try this.
First run of Fast search on my 950XL brought 10 wallpapers. 2nd Fast search brought about 160 wallpapers! Excellent app. I was happy that I copied over a few manually this morning and now I have them all at the click of a button! Big thanks to the developer AND to the Windows Store developer for making Search finally work. I typed in the name of the app and it actually found it!
Search that actually works? Who could have come up with such a brilliant feature?!
DailyPic does the same, it even let's you get the pictures that cannot be downloaded.
DailyPic gets its (completely different) pictures from another source :) DailyPic is from the same developer btw ;)
Heyyyy! That's what I'm working on right now. I even made a batch script to do all this but don't know how to make a cool UI. :'( You can check it (and many other cool batch scripts) at https://github.com/hashhar/Windows-Hacks
Cool! This will be included as a must-download app after upgrading/formatting my friends laptops.
Is it only available for windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile? What about Windows 8.1?
It works great! Thanks.
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