4 Best Ways to Convert PNG to JPG on iPhone and iPad
PNG images may have better picture quality than JPEGs, but JPG has the advantage of wider compatibility and smaller file sizes. Converting a PNG to JPG on an iPhone is not as complicated as it may seem.
If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you will likely encounter PNGs, especially those created from screenshots. Unfortunately, iOS and iPadOS do not provide a built-in method for converting PNGs to JPGs.
Fortunately, there are four effective ways to convert PNG images to JPG format. Let’s explore these methods.
1. Edit and Save Image
Perform a simple edit to the PNG image you want to convert, and it should automatically save as a JPG. Using the automatic wand tool is the fastest way to get the job done. But if you want to keep the image visually intact, you can use the rotation tool instead.
Step 1: Open the image you want to convert in the Photos app. Tap the Edit option in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Tap the Magic Wand icon to automatically modify the image. Tap Done.
Note: If you rotate the image (tap the Crop icon to access the rotation tool), you must save it twice to restore the image’s original orientation.
The Photos app will then overwrite the original PNG image with a JPG version. However, the app does not allow you to check the file format of the image. To confirm, copy and paste the image to the Files app.
That said, this method is only useful for one-off instances. The next method works best for converting batches of images.
2. Create a Shortcut
If you have the Shortcuts app installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can create a shortcut to convert PNGs to JPGs.
Creating the shortcut will require several steps. However, compared to the previous method, this allows you to convert multiple images simultaneously while preserving the original PNG copies.
Before you begin, consider creating a new album in the Photos app. Name it ‘JPGs’ or something similar. This will allow you to configure the shortcut to save the converted files to this album, making them easier to locate later.
Here’s how to create the shortcut:
1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Switch to the My Shortcuts tab.
3. Tap Create Shortcut.
Step 2: Tap Add Action. On the next screen, tap Apps.
Step 3: Tap Photos, scroll down, and select photos.
Step 4: Expand the Select Photos action (tap Show More) and enable the toggle for Select Multiple.
Step 5: Tap ‘+’ to add a new action. Since the app brings up the same selection screen for the previous action, tap ‘x’ twice in the upper-right corner to return to the main selection area.
Step 6: Tap Media. Scroll down to Images, and tap Convert Image.
Step 7: Expand the Convert Image action (tap Show More). Define the output quality and select whether to preserve metadata.
Note: The Convert Image action should default to ‘Convert Photos to JPEG.’ If it displays a different format, select JPEG instead.
Step 8: Tap ‘+’ to add a new action. Tap ‘x’ once to back out of the previous action and into the main selection area.
Step 9: Tap Photos, scroll down, and tap Save to Photo Album.
Step 10: Tap Recents in the Save to Photo Album action. Choose an album from the Photos app to save the converted images. Skip this step if you don’t want to select a specific album.
Step 11: Tap Next. Insert a name for the shortcut and tap Done to finish creating it.
Step 12: Tap the shortcut in the Shortcuts app. Select the images you want to convert and tap Done.
Step 13: Wait for the shortcut to convert the images — the shortcut tile will indicate the progress. Once it’s done converting, go to the relevant album in the Photos app to check the converted images.
Aside from accessing the shortcut through the Shortcuts app, you can also run it with the Shortcuts widget (go to Today View) or Siri.
3. Convert With App
If you dislike editing or saving images or don’t want to spend time creating a shortcut, you can use a third-party conversion tool from the App Store to convert PNG images to JPG format efficiently.
However, please be aware that third-party apps can have privacy and security concerns, so exercise caution when using them, especially with sensitive images.
To convert PNG images to JPG format using the JPEG, PNG, Image File Converter tool, follow these steps:
1. Download and install the JPEG, PNG, Image File Converter.
2. Open the tool and select Load Photo. When prompted, allow the app access to the Photos app by tapping OK.
Step 3: Convert & Save, then Save as JPEG.
That should save the image to Photos in JPG format. Feel free to try other conversion utilities from the App Store as well — searching for ‘PNG to JPG’ will reveal many apps.
4. Convert with Online Tool
You can convert PNG images to JPG format using an online conversion tool. However, avoid uploading sensitive images as their destination may not be secure. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Visit an online conversion tool like CloudConvert or Zamzar. Ensure the input and output format is set to PNG to JPG. Then, upload the images you wish to convert.
Step 2: Tap Convert, then download the converted images.
You can access downloaded images through the browser’s download manager or the Files app.
Shortcut Takes the Cake
For one-off instances, simply edit and save the image. But if you regularly convert PNGs to JPGs, it’s worth creating a shortcut to process multiple images quickly.
You can use third-party conversion tools, but they are best for generic images, not sensitive ones.
Next: Did you know you can make your iPhone shoot images in JPG instead of HEIC? Learn how to do that by clicking the link below.
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