Apple <br>• iOS <br>• MacOS

How can we change the HEIF / .HEIC image format in .JPG on iPhone

A seemingly very simple set-up, but which gives the headache of many iPhone users.

With iOS 11, Apple has brought more 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 is currently only native to Apple devices.  iOS 11 si MacOS High Sierra can open and edit .HEIC files (extension for HEIF)

This format is only recommended if you intend to keep the pictures on iPhone, iPad or if you are the owner of a Poppy / 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 of the iPhone. Change the format from .HEIC to .JPG in the "Camera" settings of iPhone / iOS.

How to change the format of .HEIC (HEIF) photos in .JPG on iPhone

  1. Open "Settings" and go to "Camera".
  2. In the "Camera" we open the "Formats" menu
  3. Select "Most Compatible"

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

Currently, even if you use macOS High Sierra, a picture taken and exported in .HEIC format can only be edited with 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 can we change the HEIF / .HEIC image format in .JPG on iPhone

About the author


I am pleased to share my experiences with computers, mobile telephony and operating systems, develop web projects and provide the most useful tutorials and tips.
I like to play on iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad, AirPort Extreme and on MacOS, iOS, Android and Windows operating systems.

Leave a Comment


  • 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.

  • Mittlerweile braucht man gar keinen Konverter wenn esinen HEIC Plugin für Windows gibt. The HEIC Photo Guide in Windows Explorer is now available with the Doppelklick öffnen. Das Tool heißt CopyTrans HEIC for Windows

  • […] Every time a new iPhone model is launched, 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 iPhone cameras evolved, so did the size of .JPG files (pictures) and by default the space occupied on the iPhone was larger. Some time ago, Apple 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. [...]