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Converting iPhone HEIC Photos to JPG

Newer iPhones take amazing photos that can sometimes be mistaken for professional-grade. High-resolution often carries a few caveats though, the main one being large file sizes. To compensate, Apple began implementing a different file storage protocol called High-Efficiency Image Format or HEIC. You might notice the .heic suffix when you send yourself photos from your iPhone to your computer.

This file format is great for storing high-resolution photos that contain a lot of information, but not so great for practical use. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can convert this file type to something more user-friendly, like a JPG or PNG.

iPhone Setting

The easiest way to start using a more practical file format is to change settings in your iPhone. Navigate to Settings > Camera > Formats > Change to Most Compatible. This will save future photos as JPEG. Please note, that your device storage capability will be altered to accommodate.

Batch Conversion

The other alternative is to maintain your iPhone’s HEIC format. You can easily airdrop your photos straight from your photo library to your Mac (downloads folder). The files will still be in .HEIC, but there’s a way to convert them to JPG or PNG using Apple’s default Automater tool. This tool can be found under Applications > Utilities > Automater or you can simply use the search.

Step 1: Open Automater & Select “Quick Action”

Step 2: Select the photos you wish to convert

You’ll want to cue up the desired images you wish to convert in the new window. Under “Get specified finder items” you can select which images need to be processed.

Step 3: Add “Change Type of Images” to the Processor

In the variables search bar you can type in “images” and the action “Change Type of Images” will appear. Click and drag that action into the process window to the right.

Step 4: Rearrange the processes and run

Via drag/drop you should rearrange the processes to “get specified finder items” > “change type of images” > “copy finder items.” This will allow the processor to run in the appropriate order. Then changes the type of images to “JPEG” or your desired file type. Lastly, select where you want the converted images to be saved. Finally, click the “run” button in the top right corner.

Conclusion

Maintaining my iPhone’s default HEIC setting and batching image conversions is my preferred method. You get the high-resolution photos and the efficient file storage of HEIC and with a couple of extra steps, you can easily convert to a user-friendly JPG.

Hope this helps!

Nick Winters

Nick performs web marketing and design for Wenatchee Valley College. In his spare time, he takes on freelance projects and fun creative opportunities via Pixel to Press.

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