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How to change the format of pictures from HEIF / .HEIC to .JPG on iPhone

A seemingly very simple setting, but which gives many users headaches iPhone.

With iOS 11, Apple brought several news, including the new format for photo files. HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) uses a new technology compression for image files, replacing the classic . JPG. The big advantage of HEIF is that it is occupies less space than a .JPG file without losing anything image quality.

Being a new format, it is currently recognized natively only by devices Apple.  iOS 11 si macOS High Sierra can open and edit .HEIC files (extension for HEIF)

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This format is only recommended if you intend to keep the pictures on iPhone, iPad or if you are the owner of a Mac / MacBook cu High Sierra to export. If you have Windows PC and want to export the photos on iPhone pe PC / laptop, it is best to have the photos in the .JPG compatible format.

In this sense, you can change the format in which the pictures are taken with the "Camera" application a iPhone. Change the format from .HEIC to .JPG in the "Camera" settings of iPhone / iOS.

How to change the format of pictures from .HEIC (HEIF) to .JPG on iPhone

  1. We open “Settings”And we go to the“ Room ”.
  2. In the "Camera" we open the "Formats" menu
  3. Select "Most Compatible"

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After selecting "Most Compatible", The pictures taken with the Camera a application iPhone, will be automatically saved in .JPG format. Format that can be opened and edited on Windows.

For now, even if you use it macOS High Sierra, a picture taken and exported in .HEIC format can only be edited with applications Photos or Preview. Both developed by Apple and present by default on Mac.
In the near future, Adobe plans to provide editing support Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator si InDesign.

How to change the format of pictures from HEIF / .HEIC to .JPG on iPhone

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  • Thank you very much!
    I was shocked by new 11 cuts. New formats can be downloaded for free, uploaded to a website for conversion, convert, upload, and pop up in a popup. Столько убитого времени! Потомону мне не заглушить в пароль и отписахься от чего Ваша инструкция меня избавила :)))) В йтоге промени настройките и вуяля! new photo slides in JPEG, not in Hiec. Thank you!

  • Finde das alles etwas kompliziert. Nutze inzwischen den Apowersoft Heic zu JPG Converter. Zwar nur ein webbasiertes Tool, funktioniert aber super.

  • We are looking for a different converter for a HEIC Plugin Windows gibt. Der lässt HEIC Fotos direkt in Windows Explorer works with a double-sided display. Das Tool heißt CopyTrans HEIC für Windows

  • […] Every time a new model is launched iPhone, one of the features we are interested in is the performance of the camera. How many megapixels does it have, how clear are the pictures at night - in low light, how is the focus and exposure time, etc. elements. As the cameras iPhone evolved, increased the size of .JPG files (pictures) and implicitly the space occupied on iPhone it was bigger. Some time ago, Apple has adopted its own compression system to reduce the space occupied by pictures on devices, without reducing their quality. Details about .HEIC (HEIF) and how to convert from .HEIC to .JPG can be found here. [...]