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How to Save a Discord Profile Picture – A Step-by-Step Guide for 2023

Discord has become one of the most popular communication platforms, with millions of daily users. With so much user interaction happening, you may find yourself wanting to save someone‘s profile picture to use or customize later.

However, Discord does not allow right-click saving of profile images. So how can you download a Discord profile picture?

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll provide an expert walkthrough on successfully saving a Discord profile photo, along with best practices, customization options, and troubleshooting advice tailored to this platform.

Step 1: Navigate to the Profile Picture and Open Developer Tools

First, ensure you are using the Discord desktop application, as the developer console is not available on mobile.

  1. Join the Discord server where the user is present and locate them in the member list.

  2. Click on the user‘s profile image to open their expanded profile view.

  3. Press CTRL/Command + Shift + I on your keyboard to open the developer console. This panel allows inspection of code and elements on the page.

  4. In the console, click the selector icon in the top left corner. This allows element selection on the page itself.

Step 2: Inspect the Profile Image Element and Copy Its URL

Now it’s time to dig into the page code and grab the URL location of the profile image file.

  1. Hover over the expanded profile image on the page and click to select the element in the console. You will see its HTML code appear.

  2. Expand the divine nodes in the code panel by clicking the arrow icons, until you find an <img src=»»» tag.

  3. Double click the URL link after <img src=» to copy the full image source location. This is the profile picture‘s URL.

Step 3: Paste URL In Browser and Edit Parameters

Next, it’s time to open the image URL in your browser and edit the file type and size parameters.

  1. Paste the profile picture URL into your browser‘s address bar and hit enter to open it.

  2. Look for the section with size= and change the number value to your desired pixel size. I recommend trying 512 or 1024 to start.

  3. Change the file type extension from webp to png or jpg for broader compatibility.

Example URL with parameters updated:

Step 4: Save Edited Image to Your Computer

Now when you inspect the updated URL in your browser, you will see the Discord profile picture at your custom larger size!

Right click the image and choose "Save image as…" to store it on your local computer. Make sure to choose a descriptive file name and an image format suitable for your later usage – JPG for photos or PNG for transparency.

And that‘s it – you‘ve successfully downloaded a full sized, high quality version of a Discord user‘s profile picture!

Image Editing Tips for Downloaded Profile Pictures

Now let‘s get into some pro techniques for taking your Discord profile picture download to the next level with editing.

Recommended Sizes

While Discord allows uploaded profile images up to 1024×1024 pixels, different areas of the platform display varying resized versions.

Here are ideal sizes to use:

  • Profile icon: 128×128
  • Server member list: 40×40
  • Expanded popout: 480×480

Resize your edited images to match their intended placement area on Discord.

File Type Best Practices

  • JPG: ideal for photos with smooth gradients
  • PNG: preserves transparency, great for logos or icons

Customize with Editing Software

Try out the image editing software of your choice to take the profile picture further:

  • Add stylish filters (like black & white or sepia)
  • Overlay your logo/watermark
  • Combine multiple profile pictures into a collage
  • Crop to perfect framing

The possibilities are endless!

Troubleshooting Profile Picture Saving Issues

Unfortunately, you may encounter problems getting profile images to download correctly from Discord. Here are some common issues and fixes.

Image Won‘t Save from Updated URL

Double check that both the file type AND size parameters are edited properly in the URL before attempting to save. The image MUST have .png or .jpg format declared and increased pixel size or Discord blocks it.

Saved Image Appears Small/Blurry

If the saved profile picture is still 128×128 or very low resolution, make sure that you increased the size numerically in the URL to at least 512 pixels before downloading. The maximum profiles images size is 1024 pixels squared.

URL Copying Errors

Carefully follow each step of the developer console process outlined above. Expand the image element code fully, locate the <img src=""> source link specifically, and double click it to copy completely. Rushing or partial copies can cause issues.

Legal Considerations of Downloading Profile Pictures

As with any usage and sharing of digital media, there are copyright protections to keep in mind. Profile pictures are intended for viewing on Discord only.

Before altering and reposting another user‘s profile picture elsewhere, be sure you have their consent. And never use Discord images for commercial purposes without permission.

As long as you are responsibly saving profile photos for your own offline collection or server usage, staying within Discord‘s Terms, and respecting image ownership, you are all good!

Conclusion: Flexibly Save Discord Profile Images

Discord has over 100 million active monthly users, generating countless unique and expressive profile images daily across servers worldwide.

Unfortunately the instant image saving functionality normally possible online isn’t available on the Discord platform interface.

But with the power of developer tools along with file parameter editing tips, flexibility in saving any Discord user‘s profile image is available to you as this post demonstrated step-by-step.

So enhance your server visuals, create message sticker packs for your community, and more with your newfound free access to the Discord image treasure trove without restrictions or workarounds. Time to get collecting and creating!

Happy expert-grade image downloading to all – enjoy your full quality profile picture expansion possibilities.

Further Reading on Discord Tips and Tricks

Ready to master more insider techniques? These guides offer additional ways to tap the full potential of this top communication app.

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