How To Convert HEIC to JPG [Simple Way]

Posted by Jessie Richardson on May 7, 2019
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If you want to see High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIC) on your PC or Android phone, you will have to convert it to JPG first.

Since HEIC is a recent format supported only by iOS, you won’t be able to open this file on other operating systems.

Luckily, the internet is populated with online converters that you can use to convert HEIC images to formats that your device or app can handle. Also, with the help of certain apps, you might not even need a converter to look at HEIC images online.

This article will explain how to convert HEIC images to JPG in a simple way.

Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone

If you have iOS 11 on your iPhone, all the images captured will be HEIC by default. In the iPhone settings, you can change this option to JPG in a few steps.

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap ‘Camera’.
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  3. Tap ‘Formats’.
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  4. In the ‘Formats’ menu, change your ‘Camera capture’ from ‘High efficiency’ to ‘Most compatible’. This way your device will save all future pictures as JPG. Also, the videos that you capture will be in H264.
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Popular Apps Convert HEIC to JPG Automatically

Your iOS device will convert all HEIC images to JPG if you share them via popular apps. That means that all the HEIC images that you share on Messenger, Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber, etc. will automatically become JPG.

So, if you don’t have time to use a converter, simply send a HEIC image to yourself via Whatsapp or another social app. The image may lose a bit of quality, but it’s a very simple way to convert it.

Cloud Storages Convert HEIC to JPG

OneDrive account automatically uploads images that you capture on your iPhone in JPG. You don’t need to customize any settings, since converting HEIC to JPG is the only way that you can view images on OneDrive.

On the other hand, Dropbox makes this optional. Dropbox Camera Upload will save images as HEIC by default, but you can change it to JPG manually. To do this, you should:

  1. Go to ‘Account’ via the Dropbox app.
  2. Tap ‘Camera Uploads’.
  3. Tap ‘Save HEIC photos as’ and select JPG.

Emailing the Pictures

The iOS Mail app that you get with your iPhone also converts all HEIC images to JPG by default. Sending a picture to yourself as an email attachment quickly converts HEIC to JPG. This app doesn’t allow any other formats. So, if you choose the ‘Actual size’ option, it will remain in JPG.

Installing HEIC Add-On for Windows 10

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If you have a Windows 10 PC, you can use an add-on that allows you to view HEIC images. Note that this is not a converter but rather a way to display HEIC images without needing one.

To install this add-on, you will have to download it from the Microsoft Store. Once you open the page, click on the ‘Get’ button and the add-on will install automatically.

Windows will now be able to recognize and open HEIC files. Even better, you will be able to see thumbnails of the images in File Explorer.

Using Online Converters

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If you have HEIC files that you can’t open on your system, you can convert them via one of the many online converter websites.

Website such as HeicToJpg.com can easily convert up to 50 HEIC pictures to JPG and download them to your device.

Using an Offline Converter


When you have an offline HEIC-to-JPG converter, you don’t have to worry about connecting to the internet. In a couple of clicks, you can create a fresh JPG copy of any HEIC image on your disk.

One of the best offline converters is CopyTrans for Microsoft Windows.

After downloading this app, any HEIC image will have the option ‘Convert to JPG with CopyTrans’ when you right-click on it.

CopyTrans also has a codec for displaying thumbnail previews of HEIC files. It’s more resource-heavy than HEIF add-ons. But it’s more convenient at the same time as it allows you to view HEIC format and convert it to JPG if needed.

What Is the Simplest Way?

As you can see, you can convert HEIC files to JPG and back without any problems. There are various options and for all existing devices that allow you to effortlessly view, send, and convert HEIC images.

If you know of another way to convert HEIC to JPG, feel free to share it in the comments!

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