How to Convert HEIC Photos to JPG on iPhone and iPad

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As of iOS 11, the iPhone and iPad have moved to the new high efficiency HEIC / HEIF format for the pictures. You may have realized this when you tried to export photos. Here are two easy ways to convert HEIC photos to JPG.

Do you need to convert?

iOS and iPadOS are smart enough to handle HEIC / HEIF and JPG / JPEG conversion on the fly. For example, when you attach an image to the Mail application or send it via an application, it goes through a JPG file. But there are times when it doesn’t work, like when you transfer AirDrop photos from your iPhone to your Mac.

Overall, the HEIC format is superior to the JPEG format. It takes up less space and supports 16-bit color capture instead of 8-bit. But it only works as long as you stay in the Apple ecosystem.

If you also use the Windows or Android devices, or if you need to make sure your photos are in JPG format, you can use the following methods. If you want to revert to the default JPEG format for new photos, you can change the capture format of your camera from the Setting application.

RELATED: How to make your iPhone use JPG and MP4 files instead of HEIF, HEIC and HEVC

How to convert HEIC photos to JPG using the Files app

You can do this directly from the Files app – no third-party app is required.

Simply copying photos from the Photos application and pasting them into a folder in the Files application converts photos from HEIC to JPG.

First, open the Application Files on your iPhone or iPad. Here, choose either the location “On my iPhone / iPad” or a cloud storage option. (If you choose the cloud storage location, the data will be taken into account in your online storage plan and the photos will not always be available offline.)

Choose on my iPhone

Here, press and hold in the blank area, then choose the “New Folder” option from the pop-up window.

Tap New Folder in the pop-up window

Give a name to the folder and press the “Done” button.

Create a folder name and tap Done

Now open the Photos app and navigate to the album containing the HEIC photos. Here, press the “Select” button in the upper toolbar.

Press Select on the top toolbar

Now select all the photos you want to convert.

Select HEIC photos

Tap the “Share” button in the lower left corner.

Tap the Share button in the Photos app

Of Share the sheet, choose the option “Copy photos”.

Tap Copy photos from share sheet

The photos are now on your clipboard. Open the Files app and navigate to the folder we created in the above steps.

Choose the folder in the Files application

Here, simply press and hold in the blank area and choose the “Paste” option from the context menu.

Tap the Paste option

Instantly, you will see your HEIC photos appear here, in JPG format.

Photos in JPG format in the Files application

Many other applications can quickly convert HEIC images to JPEG files on the App Store. Some may contain advertisements or require payment. Search the App Store and you will find them.

If you have a lot of HEIC photos stored on your Mac, you can use an Automator script to quickly convert them to JPG format.

RELATED: How to Convert HEIC Images to JPG on Mac Easily

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