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How can I retrieve the profile picture that I have on my Gmail account? The original is not in my phone anymore so I would like to download it back so I can have the picture in my smartphone again.

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    Go to your Google+ profile. Click on the profile image there. It should give you the option to download. – Bibhas Jun 27 '12 at 22:03
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If you want to retrieve the full quality profile picture without ever having uploaded it to Google+, follow these steps:

  1. If you have multiple google accounts, open a private window by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + N for Chrome or CTRL + SHIFT + P for Firefox.
  2. Go to any google service such as gmail.com and log into the account you wish to retrieve a profile picture of.
  3. Go to https://get.google.com/albumarchive
  4. Navigate to Profile photos > profile photos. All the profile pictures of your account can be found here.
  5. You can use the triple dot button in the top right corner to either download a single picture, download all pictures or delete individual ones.

This is also where to find your uploaded Google Maps photos, and all Google Hangouts photos. I hope these keywords help future search-wizards having this problem.

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Option 1

Just open the page which has the photo, Press "Print Screen" - a screen-shot of the screen will be copied in your clipboard. Then, go to MS Paint, paste it there crop it and save.

Option 2

As mentioned by Bibhas in comment, Go to your Google+ profile. Click on the profile image there. It should give you the option to download. If you do not have a Google Plus account, just create one, it will be created by default with that image, then you can download the image from there and delete your Google+ Account (if you wish).

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