If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 11 or 12, you may have heard of HEIC (pronounced as “Heek”). If you haven’t, let me tell you that it stands for high-efficiency image format designed to reduce the file storage by up to 50% without compromising on quality.
It’s also known as HEIF (pronounced as “Heef”) and considered to be far more efficient than JPG. As is the case with almost every newbie, it’s not yet universally supported. Therefore, you may have to convert HEIC to JPEG whenever the incompatibility issue crops up.
So, how do you circumvent the hurdle? Well, you have multiple options to breeze through the process. Enough talk, swim across to discover how it works!
How to Convert HEIC/HEIF Images to JPG Format
Automatically Convert HEIF Images into JPG When Transfering to Mac or PC
Both iOS 11 and 12 automatically convert HEIC to JPG when transferring the images to Mac or PC. So, if you ever faced the incompatibility hurdle, take advantage of this built-in option.
Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device → Photos.
Step #2. Next, select Automatic under Transfer to Mac or PC.
One thing worth noting is that the term “Automatic” refers to JPG (the most compatible format) and “Keep Originals” refer to HEIC. Depending on your need, you can switch between them.
How to Convert HEIC Images into JPEG Right on the iPhone and iPad
What if you don’t take the root mentioned above and wish to get it done right on your iOS device? It turns out, there is a trick to get it done!
Step #1. Once you have captured the HEIF image, open Photos app on your iOS device and head over to the pic.
Step #2. Now, tap on Edit and then use any tool like cropping, rotating or filter.
Step #3. Next, tap on Done to confirm.
Check out the image has been converted to JPG. You can now use it with the software that doesn’t support HEIC.
How to Stop iPhone from Taking HEIC Images
If you no longer want to capture images in HEIC format or wish to switch between high-efficiency and most compatible based on your need, there is an option to switch between the two. To do so, head over to this quick guide.
You can also use third-party tools like iMazing, DearMob, and AnyTrans to breeze through the process. I have tried out these tools and found them up to the mark. I would recommend you to give them a try if you are looking for a pro solution.
Besides, you will get HEIF images converted by just sending them via email. Of course, it may not be a perfect option as the quality will be compromised. So, keep this thing in mind before choosing this method.
The Thing to Keep in Mind…
Though you have multiple ways to overcome the barrier, choose the method based on your requirement. I mean, if you don’t want the quality of the image to be affected, go for the built-in solutions or the noted third-party software as they are more reliable.
You might want to refer these posts as well:
- Best Photo Editing Apps for iPhone and iPad
- Best Video Editing Apps for iPhone and iPad
- Best GIF Apps for iPhone and iPad
- How to Use Memoji in iOS 12