SInce iOS 11, iPhone 7, 8 and iPhone X support photo capture in the special HEIF format. The peculiarity of this format is that the images in it take up half as much memory as the photos in JPEG format, provided that the quality is preserved.

However, when sending pictures in HEIF format through many applications to old iPhone models or other smartphones, such photos are simply impossible to view. In this guide, we talked about how to take photos on iPhone on iOS 11 not in HEIF, but in JPEG.

What iPhone Photo Formats HEIF and HEVC are?

HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) is a highly efficient image file format. As the name implies, this format, using modern compression methods, allows you to create digital photo files in smaller sizes, while maintaining high image quality.

HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or H.265 – high-performance video coding. This video compression format uses more efficient algorithms than H.264.

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What is the Advantage of HEIF Over JPEG?

JPEG has been the standard for images used on the Internet for a quarter century, however, times are changing. HEIF makes it possible to store images in the same quality as JPEG, reducing the size of each specific file by up to 50%. Space saving is the main advantage of HEIF over JPEG. In addition, HEIF supports color depth of 10 bits, while standard JPEG supports only 8-bit format.

How do I Convert iPhone Photos Format to JPEG?

It’s very simple, just follow nex steps:

  • Go to Settings -> Camera;
How to Change a Picture Format to JPEG in iPhone's Camera?
  • Select Formats;
How to Change a Picture Format to JPEG in iPhone's Camera?
  • Check the box next to “Most compatible”.
How to Change a Picture Format to JPEG in iPhone's Camera?


Done! Your iPhone will now take JPEG photos. It is important to make one clarification here. When this option is selected, iPhone video cannot be captured in 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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