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How to Convert iPhone HEIC Photos to JPEG on a Mac 📸

Mac Guide: Convert HEIC Photos to JPEG Easily

Have you ever airdropped photos from your iPhone to your Mac, only to find out they’re in the .HEIC format? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This article will guide you through the process of converting your HEIC photos to the more universally accepted JPEG format using your Mac’s native software, Preview. 📸🖥️ Let’s get started!


Select Your HEIC Photos

First things first, you need to select the HEIC photos you want to convert. You can do this by simply right-clicking on the image file. If Preview is set as your default photo viewer, you can just double-click to open it.👆🖼️


Edit and Select All Photos

Once your photos are open in Preview, go to the Edit menu and choose the Select All option. This will allow you to convert all your photos at once, saving you from having to repeat the process for each individual photo. 🔄😎


Export Your Photos

With your photos selected, navigate to the File menu and choose Export Selected Images. A new window will pop up, allowing you to set the location where you want your converted images to be saved. 🗂️⚙️


Select JPEG as the Format

In the same window, you will find an Options button. Click on that and a new section will drop down. Here, you will find a Format dropdown. Select JPEG from the list. 🔽📄


Choose Quality and Confirm

You can also set your preferred quality for the jpeg photos. After you have chosen the quality, click on Choose or Save. The conversion process will start and, once completed, your photos will be in the JPEG format! 💾✅

Conclusion: 🏁

And there you have it – a straightforward, step-by-step guide to convert your iPhone’s HEIC photos to JPEG on a Mac. Now you can share, upload, or view your photos on any platform without the hassle of compatibility issues. 😃✔️ Remember, you can always refer back to these steps if you need a refresher. Happy converting! 🎉👏


High Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) is a file format for storing individual images and image sequences. It was developed by Apple and it’s used by default on new photos on iOS 10 and later.

JPEG, or Joint Photographic Experts Group, is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. It’s a standard image format for containing lossy and compressed image data.

Many devices and applications are not compatible with the HEIC format. Converting your HEIC photos to JPEG makes them more accessible and easier to share.

Yes, Mac computers running macOS High Sierra or later can support and open HEIC photos.

You can find your HEIC photos in the Photos app on your iPhone. They’re located in the same place as your other photos.

There are multiple methods to convert HEIC photos to JPEG on a Mac, including using the Preview app, Photos App, or third-party software.

JPEG is a lossy format, which may lead to some quality loss; however, for everyday viewing, this should not be significant.

To convert a batch of HEIC to JPEG on a Mac, you can use the Photos App or third-party software that supports batch conversion.

Yes, go to Settings > Camera > Formats and select ‘Most Compatible’. Your new photos will be saved as JPEG instead of HEIC.

HEIC format compresses the images more effectively than JPEG and it can save almost 50% of the storage space.

While most methods are consistent across all Mac versions, always ensure to check as some older versions might not support certain methods.

Reverting JPEG to HEIC directly might not be a straightforward process but certain third-party tools can facilitate the conversion.

Converting HEIC to JPEG on a Mac is free when using built-in applications like the Preview app or the Photos App.

To identify HEIC photos, check the file extension which should be .heic

The conversion process is usually quick but can vary depending on the number and size of the photos.

Yes, but the recipient might not be able to open them if their device or software doesn’t support the HEIC format.

As of iOS 11, the camera on iPhone 7 and newer models takes photos in HEIC format by default to save storage space. However, you can change the settings to JPEG if preferred.

No, Mac does not automatically convert HEIC photos to JPEG. You need to do it manually.

Your device may not be able to view HEIC photos if it doesn’t support the HEIC format. In this case, convert the image to a supported format like JPEG.

HEIC photos don’t look different from JPEG photos. However, HEIC format offers better image compression, which means smaller file sizes without compromising on quality.

Yes, there are several online tools available that can convert HEIC to JPEG for free.

Yes, you can convert iPhone HEIC photos to JPEG on a Windows PC using certain third-party tools or online converters.

Usually, the conversion process creates a new JPEG file and leaves the original HEIC file intact.

The HEIC format is natively supported in macOS High Sierra and later versions.

If your Mac won’t convert HEIC to JPEG, you can try using a different method or use an online converter.

No, while both JPEG and HEIC are image file formats, HEIC offers better image quality at smaller file sizes and can also save a sequence of images.

You will be able to check the format of your photos by looking at their file extension in the info section, which should be .heic if they are in HEIC format.

Yes, there are various third-party apps available that can convert JPEG images to HEIC format.

Yes, you can convert HEIC to JPEG directly from your iPhone by changing the settings or using an app.

To stop your iPhone from saving photos in HEIC format, go to Settings, select Camera, then Formats, and chose the ‘Most Compatible’ option, which uses JPEG format.