How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

Apple’s adoption of the HEIC image format offers numerous benefits, one of which is significantly reduced storage space requirements. However, not all apps and services have embraced this format yet. Many still do not support HEIC.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

Apple’s iOS automatically converts HEIC photos to JPG when sharing them with apps like Mail, Instagram, Twitter, etc. However, it’s a good idea to have JPG copies of your photos to avoid compatibility problems. Luckily, there are two ways to convert iPhone photos to JPG. The first method is a native workaround, and the second method involves using a third-party image conversion tool. Let’s begin.

Copy and Paste to Files App

To easily convert HEIC photos to JPG format, simply copy and paste them to the iPhone’s Files app. This will instantly save the photos as JPGs, without any hassle. Here’s how:

1. Open the Files app on your iPhone and select the On My iPhone location. Create a new folder by performing a long-press and selecting New Folder. You can name the folder as you please.

2. Open the Photos app, tap Select, and choose the photos you want to convert. Then, tap the Share icon.

Step 3: Tap Copy Photos in the Share Sheet to copy them to your iPhone’s clipboard. Go to the folder you created in the Files app. Long-press in an empty area and tap Paste.

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And voila! Your photos appear in JPG format. The pictures will be named in the selected sequence, and the Files app will also include the word ‘JPEG’ within the file names. Perfect.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

The JPGs will only appear in the Files app, but you can save them to the Photos app if you want all your photos in one location. To do that, select the converted photos, bring up the Share Sheet, and tap Save Images. Remember that you will create duplicate images in the Photos app because the original HEIC files are still there. If you don’t mind losing the HEIC copies, you can delete them first to avoid confusion.

Use a Third-Party Converter

When browsing the App Store, one striking observation is the lack of reliable HEIC to JPG converters. Many of them either charge a fee or suffer from excessive ads and poor functionality. However, amidst this, there is a standout app known as Luma: HEIC Convert.

Here’s a simple guide to using Luma: HEIC Convert:

Step 1: Download and install Luma: HEIC Convert from the App Store.

Step 2: Open Luma: HEIC Convert. It neatly categorizes your photos into Recents, Selfies, or Portrait. Simply choose a category and tap Select.

Step 3: Pick the photos you want to convert. HEIC-labeled photos can be easily identified. Tap Convert after making your selection. On the next screen, tap JPG and then Convert again to start the conversion process.

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Once the app finishes converting your photos, they will be saved automatically into the photo gallery, which you can then check out using the Photos app. You can also decide whether to keep or delete the originals after the conversion procedure.

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This utility is more convenient when processing large batches of HEIC images to JPG. It’s better than manually copying and pasting images into the Files app.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

Currently, there are no notable apps, aside from Luma: HEIC Convert on the App Store, that I can recommend. However, remember to regularly search for other HEIC to JPG converters, as new apps are likely to be released periodically.

Nevertheless, it is advisable to avoid using third-party apps to convert sensitive photos, as their final destination is uncertain. Instead, using the Files app workaround is often the best solution in these cases.

Convert or Switch

The HEIC format on the iPhone is fascinating. But converting your images to a universally compatible format like JPG is a good idea. This way, you don’t have to rely on your iPhone’s automatic HEIC to JPG conversion for important tasks.

If iOS fails to convert your images when sharing them with other apps, convert them yourself and you’re good to go.

If you want, switch your iPhone to shooting in JPG to avoid manual file conversion. However, HEIC’s advantages are numerous. To future-proof your photos, convert files to JPG when needed.

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