Have you ever gone to save an image from a webpage, only to find that the format it suggests is one you’ve never heard of? While JPG, GIF, and PNG are all standard and simple-to-use formats, Google has shifted the Chrome browser during the past year, such that any time you save an image file, it wants to default to the WebP format.
The tech giant made this transition because the WebP format makes image files roughly 25% smaller. That reduction doesn’t affect the actual image size, but does impact the size of the file that is saved. That reduction saves considerable space for website hosting but can be a real problem for users who want to save and view images.
Fortunately, there’s a Chrome extension you can add that will allow you to convert the image into either JPG or PNG format. Let me show you how to install and use this extension.
How to circumvent Chrome’s save-as-WebP image format issue
What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need is an updated version of the Chrome browser. I’ll demonstrate with version 109.0.5414.119, running on Pop! OS Linux, but the operating system you use doesn’t matter.
With your browser ready, let’s take care of this problem.
Using the Save image as Type extension
Before you can use the extension, you’ll need to close and re-open Chrome. Once you do that, open a webpage that includes an image you want to save.
Right click the image and select Save image as Type > Save as X (where X is either JPG, PNG, or WebP).
Your image will now be saved in the file format of your choice, and you’re good to go.
That’s all it takes to get around a problem that has been frustrating users since Google opted to change the default behavior in its web browser. Even though WebP is a valid image file format, it’s simply not as widely accepted as JPG or PNG — and this simple extension avoids the issue.