WEBFI-WordPress-How to Import External Images in WordPress

Do you have external images on your WordPress site that you want to import? This can happen when you move your site from one platform to another this is a common occurrence to have them embedded on your site. In this video, we will show you how to properly import those external images in WordPress.

For this tutorial we will be using the Auto Upload Images plugin found here:

Install and activate the plugin then go to Settings where there will now be an Auto Upload Images section that you will need to go to. We will use the default settings as that will work for most sites so if you save at the bottom of the page it will ensure that you are using the default settings.

This plugin will automatically update any new posts and images to import them but not your old posts without you updating them. To do this we will go to Posts, All Posts and using the screen options in the top right you can increase how many posts are listed at one time.

Click the select all checkbox in the top left of your list of posts to select them all then in the dropdown at the top select Edit then click the Apply button. You only want to click the Update button to have the plugin scan through the list of posts and import any external images onto your site.

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  • Mir Academy on August 19, 2018

    Can you migrate my site from to I have activated premium plan only a few days ago.

  • ömer mehmet şenocak on August 29, 2018

    How I can import posts with images from localhost to live wordpress website? I used Import/Export tools but it gets only the articles and images have an external localhost URL. same as this "https://localhost/work/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ab6e9563cfe813cb4da4527a9e7ead77.jpeg Is there a way to solve this problem?

  • Afzal Techno on December 11, 2018

    This plugin is not available

  • Nili Shani on February 7, 2019

    thanks for the great tip!!!

  • J Dunford on September 5, 2019

    Thank goodness, it worked!

  • Fernando Scheps Serra on September 6, 2019


  • SB Photo42 on September 24, 2019

    This didn't work at all.

  • Tony Nebel on October 23, 2019

    Awesome! Does having it in your media library make the website load faster since its not stored on the website?

  • Play Media Inc on December 23, 2019

    Didn't work one me. The images that were 'downloaded' we just an empty image thumbnails, I even set my file permission of up /upload/ folder in filemanager, still didn't work. :/ Anybody?

  • Vinitha Selvam on February 27, 2020

    It's not workout for me…
    Kindly help me to find out

  • heather410 on April 10, 2020

    It partially works for me… Only 30% of all my images downloaded, but most of the images are missing. Please help!

  • Rostam Zandi on May 2, 2020

    Warning does not pick up Facebook images! In other words if you are looking to import Facebook images into your WordPress this one is useless!

  • PKIzLIVE on June 2, 2020

    Thanks, you guys are amazing

  • Yasser Shaikh on June 7, 2020

    Life saver! Helped me a lot when migrating from to WP.

  • Shahbaj Rangrej on June 21, 2020

    not work for me

  • MakeitPC Tutorials on July 24, 2020

    Will external images be replaced by WordPress hosted images in the posts and pages automatically??

  • Mansa Agarwal on September 8, 2020

    This looks great. Will give it a try

  • Zarina El Kabdani on September 25, 2020

    Thank you!! ❤️

  • Lionel Loeb on December 9, 2020

    Fantastic top for copying-pasting html with text images too (from an old website by example)

  • Jelle vd M. on December 11, 2020

    It's not working

  • Alex on February 1, 2021

    Big big thanks a lot !!! you save my life)

  • louay khammar on February 6, 2021

    thanks for the great tip!!!

  • Juuzou Suzuya on March 14, 2021

    Gracias, me salvaste la vida! 😀

  • Red on June 15, 2021

    i am sorry i could not follow what you said, you want to update the images on the posts ? are the posts referring to another url or what ?

  • Minhazul Abedin Munna on July 20, 2021

    How can i access google drive for uploading images , video, pdf, ppt etc….??????

  • Eeshansh Bhatnagar on November 23, 2021

    Really helpful thanks👍🏻

  • Armansyah arman on November 30, 2021

    How to make the picture in same size

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