iPhone Image Tip HEIF (.heic) to JPEG

iPhone Image Tip HEIF (.heic) to JPEG

Posted by Thought Out Company on 18th Feb 2021

iPhone Image Tip You May Not Know

iPhone technology changes so quick that many times presets change behind the scenes that we're not aware of.  Once such change was the image format preset.  In 2018 Apple decided to replace traditional JPEG files with a new image format.

HEIF = High Efficiency Image Format (.heic)

As of iOS 11, most iPhones switched from image format JPEG to HEIF and will be the default setting for your images.  

What does this change mean for you?

JPEG's were created in 1992, which is a long time ago!  Over the scope of the last 29 years, image and video quality have improved significantly.  

HEIF's main advantage over JPEG's is that they take up less space and are of better quality.  HEIF's will allow you to  store many more images on your iPhone while preserving a lot of space on your iPhone.  The images will also upload and download to and from your iCloud Photo Library much quicker.  Sounds great but . . .

What if you want your images taken as a JPEG?

What about your Android using friends or other websites that don't use HEIF's?

HEIF's are new to the industry and thus not all devices and websites are compatible.  When sharing images with non-iPhone users or other websites, you may find that they can't access your HEIF images because their device doesn't have the ability to read the HEIF file type without a "player" to read the file type.  Just like with VHS tapes from the 90's, the user needed a VHS player to read the content on the tape.  The same is true for devices today needing a "player" to read the HEIF file.  Good news, you can change your image format setting . . .

How to change iPhone to standard JPEG

On your iPhone go to Settings > Camera > Formats and select Most Compatible.

iPhone Settings > Camera > Formats>Most Compatible