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How to download protected images

In this post, I will explain how to download protected images. I am not referring to the classic ‘print screen’ which is very tacky and represents a significant loss of quality, but to download the image at its original size and resolution.

Sometimes when we try to download an image from a web page, we find that the page prevents us from doing so. This is becoming a common practice on social networks and image hosting pages. It even happens that we are prevented from downloading images that we have uploaded ourselves.

There are several methods to prevent downloading, such as placing a transparent image on top of the protected image, or disabling the right mouse button so that when you click it, a message appears instead of the usual menu.

To download these images, all we need is the Chrome browser, which can be downloaded for free from this link. Once downloaded and installed, just follow these steps.

  1. Access the developer tools. To do this, press the F12 key (or Control + Shift + J)
  2. In the window that appears, select the ‘Resources’ tab
  3. In the tree, choose frame/images
  4. Find and select the one you want to download.
  5. Right-click on the URL link (in blue) and select ‘Save link as…’

In the following image, you have an example with the previous points highlighted (click on the image to see it in a larger size)