How to stop iPhone from taking photos in HEIC in iOS 15/14

How to Stop iPhone from Taking Photos in HEIC in iOS 12

With iOS 11, Apple introduced the HEIC/HEIF image format to compress the file size up to 50% without compromising quality. As compared to JPEG, HEIF is more efficient and offers an ideal way to manage photo storage.

The only catch with a high-efficiency format is that it’s not yet universally supported. However, you can prevent your iPhone from capturing photos in HEIC in iOS 15 and 14. Here’s how to do that.

How to save photos in JPEG instead of HEIC in iOS 15 and 14

  1. Launch Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Now, tap Camera.
  3. Next, tap Formats.
  4. Next up, select Most Compatible.

    Tap on Camera and Formats and Select Most Compatible on iPhone

Now, your iPhone will shoot pics in JPEG format and videos in H.264 format. However, you will have to switch to High Efficiency whenever you want to shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps.

Automatically convert iPhone photos to JPEG when transferring to Mac or Windows PC

The latest versions of iOS allow you to automatically convert HEIC images to JPEG when transferring to Mac or PC.

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device → Photos.
  2. Now, scroll down and select Automatic.

    Tap on Photos and Select Automatic on iPhone

That’s pretty much it!

Here’s the video on How to Stop iPhone from Taking Photos in HEIC

Your take?

Though “Heek” may not be widely supported as yet, it’s the future. Therefore, I would suggest you go for JPEG only when you have to deal with the incompatibility issue. Have any questions? Let us know that down below in the comments.

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