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If you find that the default file format for your iPhone’s photos is HEIC and you wanted JPG instead, here’s how to change it back. By default, the iPhone camera with iOS 11 and up takes and stores HEIC/HEIF photos, but these file types aren’t as popular as JPG. This article will teach you how to convert your iPhone photos to JPG using the Files app and the camera settings.
HEIC vs. JPG
Back in iOS 11, Apple introduced the HEIC file format for iPhone photos. Among other advantages, it’s more efficient when it comes to file size.
From Wikipedia: “The High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a container format for individual images and image sequences. HEIF image files are typically stored with filename extensions .heif or .heic. ” [or .HEIC]
You might not have noticed a default switch in iOS 11 back then because if you emailed the photos, iOS converts them to JPG for compatibility. And of course, iOS knows how to display HEIC files in the Photos app. But, in some cases, along the way, even if the default was JPG the default may have changed again from JPG to HEIC during an iOS update.
#1. Converting a Photo in the Files App
- Open Files . You’ll find this icon that looks like a folder on one of your Home screens or inside the Utilities folder.
- Use this method if you want your camera to take high efficiency photos but want to convert them later. There are many third-party apps that claim to offer conversions, but they may contain ads or require payments to unlock special features, so this is the most reliable method.
- Choose a location. Since this will be where your JPG is, you’ll want to remember the location you picked. If, however, you choose to use iCloud Drive, the data used will be counted against your storage limit.
- ap and hold an empty space. You can release your finger when a menu pops-up.
- Tap New Folder. You’ll want to name this something recognizable since this is where you’ll put your HEIC files to make them JPGs. how to convert your iPhone photos to JPG
- Tap Done to close the file creation window.
- Open the Photos app and navigate to your photo. Find the HEIC version of the photo you want to convert.
- Tap Select. You’ll see this in the top right corner of your screen.
- Tap the photo you want to convert. It will display a blue checkmark in the lower right corner of the thumbnail to indicate that it is selected.
- Tap . This share icon is in the lower left corner of your screen and a share menu will appear.
- Tap Copy Photo. The photo you have selected previously will copy to your clipboard.
- Open the Files app and navigate to the folder you created previously. If you didn’t close the Files app, you should be inside that newly created folder when you open the app.
- Tap and hold on an empty space. You can release your finger when a menu pops-up.
- Tap Paste. Your HEIC image will appear here in JPG format. Again, if you opted to use cloud storage, the images here will count toward your storage limit.
#2. Taking JPG Photos by Default
- Open Settings . You’ll find this gear-like app icon on one of your Home screens or in the Utilities folder.
- Tap Camera. It’s usually in the sixth grouping of menu items next to the camera icon.
- Tap Formats. You’ll see this under the “Record slo-mo” option.
- Tap to select Most Compatible. This should change from “High Efficiency” to indicate that your images will be in JPG format instead of HEIC