Why Are My iPhone Photos HEIC and How to Convert

iPhone takes HEIC photos by default. Luckily, you can change the settings with ease so that you can take JPG photos. You can also convert HEIC to JPG if you need to.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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Why Are My iPhone Photos HEIC

HEIC is a file format that is adopted by Apple since the release of iOS 11. It is considered as an improvement of the current JPG file format since it takes less device space but keeps the high quality of the image compared with a JPG file. Thus, Apple makes it the default format to store photos taken by your iPhone and uses it frequently on Apple devices.

However, since HEIC is a relatively new format, it is not widely accepted or supported by some devices or programs. You may find you can open and use HEIC files on various Apple devices but fail to open HEIC on Windows after you transfer your iPhone photos to a PC. You can convert iPhone photo to JPG.

Given that, you may need to make your iPhone camera shoot JPG photos or convert HEIC to JPG in order to use these pictures on Windows, Android, or common programs.

How to Save Photos in JPG on iPhone

If you don't want to save iPhone photos in the HEIC format, you can set your iPhone to save photos in JPEG instead of HEIC, which can be done in the Settings app.

To save photos in JPG on iPhone:

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down to choose "Camera" and tap "Formats."

Step 3. Select "Most Compatible" and your photos will be saved as JPEG files.

how to save photos in JPG on iPhone

How to Convert HEIC to JPG

Depending on the device you use, you will need different ways to change HEIC to JPG. Whether you want to perform the file conversion on your iPhone or on a computer, you will know how to get it done from the tips below.

1. Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

If you want to change HEIC to JPG directly on your iPhone, you can use the Files App to help.

To convert iPhone photos to JPEG:

Step 1. Go to the Photos app and select the pictures you want to convert.

Step 2. Tap the "Share" icon and select "Copy Photos."

Step 3. Go to the Files app and tap "Browse" > "On My iPhone."

Step 4. Press and hold any part of the blank area and tap "Paste."

Step 5. Now you can see the photos are JPG files on your iPhone.

How to convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

2. Change HEIC to JPG on PC/Mac

After you transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer, especially a PC, it will be necessary for you to convert HEIC to JPG so that you can open and view these pictures. To batch convert HEIC to JPG or change the photo format selectively, the iPhone data transfer tool and photo converter - EaseUS MobiMover- will come to assist. With this tool installed on your Mac or PC, you will be able to:

  • Transfer files between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer
  • Transfer files between two iDevices
  • Back up iPhone/iPad/iPod data
  • Convert HEIC to JPG

EaseUS MobiMover includes almost all the functions you need to manage your iDevice content and thus is a handy iDevice helper.

To convert HEIC to JPG on Windows or Mac:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac, go to "HEIC to JPG," and then click "Browse."

Open HEIC to JPG feature in EaseUS MobiMover

Step 2. Select the HEIC files you want to convert and click "Open."

Add HEIC photos to EaseUS MobiMover from PC

Step 3. Click "Convert" or "Start All" to start converting HEIC to JPG. After the file conversion completes, click the "View" button to check the converted JPG photos on your Mac.

Click to start convert HEIC photos to JPG

The Bottom Line

Now you not only know why your photos are HEIC instead of JPG but also learn how to change HEIC to JPG. After you set your iPhone to take JPG photos, you can transfer and open these pictures on various devices like PC/Android and use them in your project.



For more information about iPhone Photos in the HEIC format, check the frequently asked questions below individually.

1. How do I convert iPhone HEIC photos to JPEG?

You can copy or move the photos in HEIC format to the Files app on your iPhone, and then the HEIC will be automatically converted to JPEG.

2. How do I turn off HEIC photos on my iPhone?

Go to Settings > Camera. Then select Formats > Most compatible. This will turn off HEIC.

3. Should I convert HEIC to JPG?

Regarding image format, JPG is a more widely compatible format than HEIC. If you need to transfer photos from iPhone, you should convert HEIC to JPD for viewing on a Windows computer or an Android device.

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Updated by Gorilla

Gorilla joined EaseUS in 2022. As a smartphone lover, she stays on top of Android unlocking skills and iOS troubleshooting tips. In addition, she also devotes herself to data recovery and transfer issues.

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