There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for ages for a web page to load because of large unwieldy image files. It’s no surprise that search engines are cracking down on slow pages and large bandwidth-consuming images in digital content. 

Tackling image files is one of the easiest ways to provide a great user experience on a website. The right image file types also come in handy on social media, email, and when creating images and documents. 

WebP is one of the best image file types for web content, but you may find working with WebP difficult on certain image editors and other software. A solution is to convert WebP to JPG, a much more common file type that most devices and software use.  

These tutorials should prove useful if you: 

  • blog
  • run an online business
  • do graphic design or web design 
  • work in SEO
  • work as an influencer
  • are a digital marketing or outdoor media professional
  • work as an influencer 

Anyone who needs to handle digital images will be helped by this guide that makes converting your WebP files to JPGs super simple! Let’s get started.

Converting WebP to JPG in Simple Steps

WebP files are the smart, new, internet-friendly image format that really speeds up your websites and social media. These high-resolution images are way smaller than a PNG and even smaller than JPGs of equivalent size. Though there is increasing adoption of the WebP format among digital creatives, downsides like web browser and image editor incompatibility mean that you may still need to rely on the trusty JPG to get the job done. 

Converting WebP to JPG is also a little challenging, again, because of compatibility issues.

How to Convert WebP to JPG with Photoshop

Any version of Photoshop above 23.2 is fully compatible with the WebP format, so you can open, edit, and convert WebP files with zero hassle. If you have an earlier version of Photoshop, Adobe provides a WebP shop plugin so you can have native support.

Here’s how to convert your WebP file to JPG with Photoshop:

  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. In the Photoshop desktop, click on File, select Open, and choose the WebP file you want to convert in the window that pops up. 
  3. Your selected image opens in Photoshop. 
  4. Convert the image to WebP by‌ returning to the File menu and clicking Export As. In the new window that opens, choose the image file type for exporting the opened image. 
  5. Select JPG from File type and click Export.
  6. Select the image quality and level of compression of your JPG file in the small window that opens. Clicking the Export button again saves the new JPG file to your computer. 
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Converting your WebP files to JPG is super easy with many different methods to choose from.

Convert WebP to JPG by Changing the Image URL

If you want to pull online images on platforms like Instagram or Google Play, you’ll find that they are almost always WebP files. A neat way to turn them into JPGs is to change the image URL as you save them. Follow these steps to download a WebP file as a JPG: 

  1. Right-click on the WebP image you want to convert.
  2. Select Copy Image Address from the right-click menu.
  3. Paste the copied URL into a new tab on your browser. 
  4. In the address bar of the opened image, remove the last three characters in the URL and reload the page. 
  5. You can now download the image as a JPG by right-clicking on the image, selecting Save Image As, and selecting the JPG file type.
  6. Download the JPG to the destination of your choice.

Converting WebP to JPG on Mac Using Preview

Preview is one of computing’s most underrated applications! You can quickly change the file extension of a WebP image to JPG without even opening the WebP file. Follow these steps:

  1. Search for the WebP image you want to convert.
  2. Right-click on the file icon and choose Preview from the menu.
  3. When the Preview opens, click on File and then click on Export.
  4. Select .JPG for file extension options and click on Save.

How to Convert a WebP to JPG with Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint once again comes to the rescue to convert those WebP images you download from the web quickly and easily. Surprisingly, you can open WebP files in MS Paint and simply save the opened images as JPGs.

Follow these easy steps: 

  1. Open Microsoft Paint.
  2. Go to File and click on Open.
  3. Open the WebP file you want to convert to open it in MS Paint.
  4. Once the WebP image is opened, return to File.
  5. Click on Save As.
  6. Select JPG as the file extension and change the location of your file if necessary.
  7. Click Save to create a JPG version of your WebP. 

How to Convert WebP to JPG in Your Browser

Using your browser to convert WebP to JPG is hassle-free, especially if you’re actively working with images online.

Below are two ways to use your browser to convert these popular image file types.

Try a Chrome Extension

Search the Chrome add-on store for an image file converter that can sit in your browser and convert any WebP files you want to use. Browser converters allow you to download the converted file or take you to a website to complete the process. 

Save image as Type and the WebP/Avif Image Converter are two extensions you may want to try. 

Use Online File Converters

You can also convert WebP files online using free conversion software like Convertio.co. This is also a very easy method that simply requires you to upload the WebP file you want to convert and select JPG as the file type. You can then download it to a destination of your choice. 

Final Thoughts

With Google’s blessing, WebP is set to take the internet by storm. These useful converter methods mean you can work just easily with WebP as you do with other popular image files.

How to Convert WebP to JPG in Easy Steps FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a WebP file?

WebP is a contemporary image format that has been specifically developed for use in web content. It is a superb alternative to the much larger PNG file as it provides lossless compression, transparency, and high resolution. The compactness of these image files makes them ideal for fast-loading web pages.

WebP images are over 25% smaller than PNG files and as much as 34% smaller than JPEGs. Transparent images add very little to file size and even animated WebP files are relatively compact, making them an effective alternative to GIFs. 

What is a JPG file?

JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which is responsible for the standardization of this image file. Since its development and release in the 1990s, it has been used prolifically, because of the convenience of its relatively small file size, lossy compression, and 24-bit color. 

JPEGs are smaller than PNGs of equivalent size but larger than WebP images. WebP images with lossless compression also have better resolution making them increasingly adopted alternatives to JPEGs.

What is file compression?

File compression is the process of reducing the size of a digital file, so it can be handled more easily. This is done by altering key attributes in an image file including:

  • File type
  • Resolution
  • Dimensions 
  • Bit depth 
  • Color format 

File compression can be lossless or lossy but does not usually lead to a significant loss of image quality.

What are lossless and lossy compression?

These two types of compression refer to whether all the file’s original data can be recovered if the file is uncompressed. 

Image compression is either:

  • Lossy, where certain data in the file is permanently deleted, usually redundant information. This data cannot be recovered if the file is uncompressed.
  • Lossless where all the data that was in an original file can be recovered after has been compressed.

Lossless compression is advantageous because you can decompress the file to its original format with no loss of picture quality. With lossy compression, the original attribute and quality cannot be recovered. This is why lossy compression is also called irreversible compression.

Can you convert JPEG files to WebP?

Yes, the JPEG format can be converted into WebP with no loss of image quality and a smaller file size. You can covert these two file types in the opposite direction using any of the methods shared in the above article.

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