The best way to convert WebP images to JPEG

The story often starts out the same way: you find a funny picture on the internet and want to add it to your work presentation or turn it into a meme to share with your friends. You download the image and realize that there isn’t much you can do with it because your platform of choice doesn’t support the WebP format.

You don’t have to give up your title of funniest person on the office, there can be a happy ending. Use these three simple steps to quickly transform classic, easy-to-live WebP photos to JPEGs.

WebP as in web pages

“Didn’t download a web page“, you might have laughed at yourself thinking that you downloaded a JPEG or PNG file and found a WebP instead. Don’t let this file format confuse you, though: WebP files are images, but their name comes from the fact that they’re optimized for the web.

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Created by Google, the WebP image format claims to be 26% lighter than PNG and up to 34% lighter than JPEG, which allows it to keep high quality without slowing down websites. WebP images are relatively new, and while most web browsers support them, there are some big platforms and apps, like MailChimp or even Google Slides, that don’t.

How to turn WebP’s to JPEG

Technically, you can Google “convert WebP to JPEG” and get a handful of web platforms that will change the format of your image files. This is a very possible way to tackle this problem, but many converters require you to upload the image, upload it to the website, and then upload it again, which is inefficient to say the least.

Instead, you can convert a file and download it just once using its URL and a platform like Photopea free web photo editor.

First, make sure you are dealing with a WebP file. On Chrome, right click on the image and choose Open the image in a new tab … (Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers offer similar options when you right-click photos). When the new tab appears, pay your attention to the address bar and look at the last part of the URL, which tells you the aspect ratio of the image you’re looking at. If it says “.webp”, you have a file you can convert. Copy this full URL to your clipboard.

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In another tab, open Photopea and click on To file > Open more. Then choose Open from URL, paste the address of the desired photo and click on Okay. By default, the file will open as a new project, which you can edit, crop, and resize right on the platform. When you are finished, click To file again go to Export as, and choose your fighter: JPEG, PNG, PDF or one of the other formats listed. A new window will appear, which will show you the options related to the format you have chosen, such as the quality and size you want your image to have. Finish by clicking to safeguard.

Over time, more and more platforms will support the WebP image format and tips like this will no longer be needed. Until then, don’t let boring files keep you from cracking your friends and colleagues.

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