In iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra Apple introduced a new economical image format – High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF). This format was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (this is not Apple’s own format) and helps to maintain high quality photos and videos, saving memory.
Images on iPhone 7 or iPad Pro 2017 and newer are saved in HEIF format with the .HEIC extension. HEIF photos and HEVC videos take up half as much memory as JPEG images and popular video formats without losing quality. After installing iOS 11, the camera automatically starts saving photos in HEIF format with the .heic extension.
As a result, many use this format and are not even aware of it. This will not be a problem until you need to transfer photos to your PC.
iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra automatically convert images during transfer, but only if you use the “share” function. You can also transfer HEIF images to a Mac via AirDrop, and they are automatically converted to JPEG during transfer.
But what if you need to publish a photo in an application that does not support the “share” function? Or if you need to upload photos to social networks from a laptop? In this case, you will have to manually convert the .HEIC file to JPEG format. In this article you will see how to convert HEIC to JPG format on your Mac.
Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac with iMazing App
- Download and install the free HEIC to JPG Converter – iMazing HEIC Converter from the Mac App Store or here for Windows and Mac;
- Launch iMazing HEIC Converter;
- A screen with instructions will appear, on which it will be said that you need to drag HEIF images from the Finder into the app’s window;
- Open the folder with the .HEIC files you want to convert;
- Select the desired images with the holding of Command and mouse click. You can also press Command+A to select all the files in the folder;
- Drag the selected files into the iMazing HEIC Converter window;
- Open the Format tab and select JPEG;
- Check the box Keep EXIF data;
- Move slider to select the desired Quality level;
- Click the Convert button to start the process;
- You will need to select the folder on the Mac where the files will be saved;
- Then the application will start work. Depending on the number of files and the capacity of your laptop, the process will take from several seconds to several minutes;
- When the process is complete, a dialog box appears.
Unlike other converters, iMazing saves all EXIF data and other useful information, like the shooting date, color profile, etc. Thus, you can move the converted images back to Photos, and they will be placed by date.