How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

HEIC is the default photo format on iPhone for a reason. It uses only half the file size of a JPEG image, saving a ton of storage. However, it is not compatible with all devices and websites. Therefore, there comes a time when you need to convert some of your captures to a more widely-used format.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

We already have a guide on converting HEIC images to JPG. The conversion procedure is as simple as copying and pasting the images to the Files app. But what about PNG? Not as easy.

To convert photos from HEIC to PNG, you can use online conversion tools or apps. However, these options compromise privacy and are inconvenient.

Instead, I will discuss a method that only requires your iPhone to perform HEIC to PNG conversions.

Create HEIC to JPG Shortcut

To convert HEIC images to PNG format using your iPhone, you need to create a shortcut with the Shortcuts app. If you don’t have the app, download it from the App Store.

Building the shortcut is simple. Just follow the steps below to add and customize the necessary actions to convert the images.

Before we begin, create a new album in the Photos app. This album will be the destination for the converted PNG images.

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

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Step 2: Go to the My Shortcuts tab and create a new shortcut. Tap ‘Search for apps and actions’ at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Add the following actions in this order:

– Select Photos

– Convert Image

– Save to Photo Album

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy WayHow to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

Tip: After adding an action, tap ‘Search for apps and actions’ to instantly start searching for the next action.

Step 4: Make the following changes to the actions you just added:

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

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Select Photos – enable Select Multiple

Convert Photos to JPEG – change format to PNG

Save Converted Images to Recents – choose destination album (e.g., PNG album)

Then, tap Next.

Step 5: Add shortcut name (e.g., HEIC to PNG). Tap Done.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

That’s it. The shortcut is live and ready to go.

HEIC to PNG Shortcut in Action

To convert HEIC images to PNG format, open the Shortcuts app and tap on the shortcut you created in the My Shortcuts tab. You can also run it from the Shortcuts widget in Today View or by activating Siri and saying, “Hey Siri”.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

On the image picker, navigate to an album and select the photo(s) for conversion; you can select as many photos as you want.

Once selected, tap Done.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

Our shortcut tile in the Shortcuts app will fill up as it goes through each stage of the conversion process. Useful when converting many images.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

After the shortcut converts the selected files, you can find the PNG images in the Photos app album, or in the Recents album or All Photos tab if you didn’t specify an output album while building the shortcut.

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Note: The shortcut will not replace the HEIC originals with the converted PNG images. If you want to delete the original images, you must do that manually.

To confirm the output file format, copy and paste any converted image to a location within the Files app. Long-press the image, and then tap Info to check the file format.

How to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy WayHow to Convert HEIC Images to PNG on iPhone the Easy Way

If you added and modified the actions properly, you should have no issues converting HEIC images to PNG format. If needed, you can edit a shortcut by tapping the ellipsis symbol.

Start Converting

Converting HEIC images to PNG format is easy with this shortcut. So next time you can’t use HEIC photos due to compatibility issues, you know what to do.

The downside? Converted PNG images can take up a lot of storage space (sometimes multiple times the size of the HEIC originals). If storage is a concern, consider other options.

Next up: Did you know your iPhone can convert any photo to PDF? Find out how.

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