How to Convert HEIC Photos to JPG on iPhone and iPad

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iPhones and iPads will automatically convert HEIC images to JPG in some cases. To manually convert a photo to HEIC, use the Files app to create a new folder to store your JPGs. Open the Photos app, select the pictures you want to convert, then copy and paste them into the new folder.

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.

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 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.)

Choose On My iPhone

Here, tap and hold in the empty area, and choose the “New Folder” option from the popup.

Tap on New Folder from popup

Give the folder a name, and tap on the “Done” button.

Create a folder name and tap on Done

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.

Tap on Select from top toolbar

Now, select all the photos that you want to convert.

Select the HEIC photos

Tap on the “Share” button from the bottom-left corner.

Tap on Share button in Photos app

From the Share sheet, choose the “Copy Photos” option.

Tap on Copy Photos from Share sheet

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

Choose the folder from Files app

Here, simply tap and hold in the empty area and choose the “Paste” option from the popup menu.

Tap on Paste option

Instantly, you’ll see your HEIC photos show up here, in the JPG format.

Photos in JPG format in Files app

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.

Related: How to Convert HEIC Images to JPG on a Mac the Easy Way

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