Starting with iOS 11, the iPhone and iPad switched to the new high-efficiency HEIC/HEIF format for photos. You might have realized this when you tried to export photos. Here are two simple ways to convert HEIC photos to JPG.
Do You Need to Convert?
iOS and iPadOS are quite smart at handling the HEIC/HEIF and JPG/JPEG conversion on the fly. For example, when you attach an image to the Mail app, or send it across via an app, it goes through as a JPG file. But there are times when it doesn’t work, for example, when you 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 great as long as you stay in the Apple ecosystem.
If you also use Windows or Android devices, or you’re in a situation where you need to be sure that your photos are in JPG format, you can use the following methods. If you want to switch back to JPEG format as default for new photos, you can change your camera capture format from the Setting app.
How to Convert HEIC Photos to JPG Using Files App
You can do this right from within the Files app—no third-party app required.
The simple act of copying photos from the Photos app and pasting them in a folder in the Files app converts the photos from HEIC to JPG format.
First, open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. Here, either choose the “On My iPhone/iPad” location, or a cloud storage option. (If you choose the cloud storage location, the data will be counted against your online storage plan, and the photos won’t always be available offline.)
Here, tap and hold in the empty area, and choose the “New Folder” option from the popup.
Give the folder a name, and tap on the “Done” button.
Now, open the Photos app and navigate to the album that contains the HEIC photos. Here, tap on the “Select” button from the top toolbar.
Now, select all the photos that you want to convert.
Tap on the “Share” button from the bottom-left corner.
From the Share sheet, choose the “Copy Photos” option.
The photos are now in your clipboard. Open the Files app and navigate to the folder we created in the above steps.
Here, simply tap and hold in the empty area and choose the “Paste” option from the popup menu.
Instantly, you’ll see your HEIC photos show up here, in the JPG format.
Many other apps tcan quickly convert HEIC images to JPEG files on the App Store. Some may contain advertisements or require a payment. Search the app store and you’ll 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.