To the credit of Apple, iOS automatically converts HEIC photos to JPG when you share them with native or third-party applications (Mail, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). In addition, you want some JPG copies of your photos to mitigate possible compatibility issues.
Fortunately, you can easily convert your photos on the iPhone to JPG format. The first method involves the use of a native workaround, while the second requires the use of a third-party image conversion utility. Let's start.
Copy and paste in the file application
The easiest way to convert your HEIC photos to JPG format is to copy and paste them into the iPhone's built-in Files application. This will instantly save the copied photos in JPG format. It's very easy to do and you can convert as many images as you want into a minimum of hassle.
Step 1: Open the Files application on your iPhone, and then select the location on my iPhone. Then create a folder (long press, then select New Folder) in the location. You can insert the name of your choice.
Note: All other locations, with the exception of On My iPhone, are cloud-based. You can also copy and paste your photos into these locations and convert HEIC images to JPG, but you do not have offline access to converted images.
2nd step: Open the Photos application. Tap Select, and then choose the photos you want to convert. After that, tap the Share icon.
SStep 3: Tap the Copy photos to share sheet option to copy them to the clipboard of your iPhone. Then, go to the folder you created earlier in the Files application. Long-press in a blank area, and then tap Paste on the shortcut menu.
And voila! Your photos appear in JPG format. The images will be named in the order you selected and the Files application will also include the word "JPEG" in the file names. Perfect.
JPG files will only appear in the Files application, but you can save them in the Photos application if you want your photos to be placed in one place. To do this, select the converted photos, display the sharing sheet, and then tap Save Images. Do not forget that you will create duplicate images in the Photos application because the original HEIC files are also present. If you do not mind losing HEIC copies, you can delete them beforehand to avoid confusion.
Use a third-party converter
When you look around the App Store, one thing strikes the mind: it's the lack of suitable HEIC to JPG converters. The majority of them charge (ridiculous) fees or are nightmares that do not even work properly. However, there is a jewel in the raw state, and it's an app called Luma: HEIC Convert.
Step 1: Download and install Luma: HEIC Convert from the App Store.
2nd step: Open Luma: HEIC Convert. You will see that he has classified your photos into several categories. Choose one (Recent, Selfies or Portrait) and press Select.
Note: You must provide Luma: HEIC Convert permission to access your photo library. Tap Allow whenever prompted.
Step 3: Choose the photos you want to convert. You will see the HEIC label on the photos to help you distinguish them from other formats. Once you're done, tap Convert. On the next screen, press JPG and then again Convert to start the conversion procedure.
Once the application has finished converting your photos, they are automatically saved in the photo gallery, which you can then view with the help of Photos application. You may also decide to keep or delete the originals after the conversion procedure.
This utility is actually much more convenient for processing large lots of HEIC images in JPG format. It's way better than copying and pasting images manually into the Files application.
At the time of writing, there are no notable applications to recommend besides Luma: HEIC Convert on the App Store. However, you can still search for other HEIC converters in JPG because new applications must be published once a month.
But as a rule of thumb, avoid converting photos of sensitive nature by using third-party apps because you never know where they can end up. The use of the file workaround Files is often the solution.
Convert or change
The HEIC format is a fascinating implementation on the iPhone. It is always wise to convert your images to a universally compatible format, such as JPG. This way, you do not have to rely solely on the HEIC's automatic JPG conversion capabilities of your iPhone for important tasks.
If iOS can not convert your images when you share them with other apps for one reason or another, convert them yourself and you're ready to go.
Knowing how to convert your images to a universally compatible format, such as JPG, is always a good idea.
If you wish, you can also switch your iPhone to shooting in JPG format, eliminating the need to convert your files manually. However, the benefits of HEIC are too numerous. If you want to keep your photos going, you need to convert your files to JPG whenever you need them.
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