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Convert HEIC File

If you don’t want your iOS device to produce images in HEIC format you can disable this in iOS Settings. Below are steps to enable saving photos to JPEG format instead of HEIC files.

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Select Camera
  • Tap on Formats
  • Tap on “Most compatible” in the dialog below.

Please note that “Most compatible” option will always use JPEG and H.264 for image and video compression. 4K recording at 60fps and slow-motion recording at 1080p and 240fps is not available in “Most compatible” mode.

If you have files in HEIC format on your iOS device and you need to convert them to JPEG there here is how to do it. You can ask your iOS device to transfer images in a format compatible to a device you’re transferring too. In order to do it perform the following steps:

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap on Photos
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and look for “Transfer to Mac or PC” option at the very bottom.
  • Select “Automatic” to transfer photos and videos in a compatible format.

This will force iOS to transfer photos in a format compatible with a device where you are transferring photos to. In case of Windows OS this will be JPEG for images. If you have your photos automatically uploaded to iCloud you can convert them from HEIC to JPG using iCloud. To do this navigate to a photo you want to download in your iCloud account. Click on Download icon in the menu above. You will see drop down dialog as below. Select “Most compatible” and click on “Download” button to download JPEG file.

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HEIC Quick Info
Description: High Efficiency Image File Format
Encoding: High Efficiency Video Coding
  • image/heif
  • image/heic
  • image/heif-sequence
  • image/heic-sequence
HEIC file opens with
  • iOS Photo App
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Android P
  • Adobe Lightroom CC 2018
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018