How to Convert HEIC to JPG Format for Andorid, Windows, Photo Editors etc.

By Alice Yang to iPhone, Apple Resources | Last Updated on May 25, 2020

Apple added support for HEIC format in iOS 11, that means users don't have to walk the fine line between image quality loss and file size. HEIC format sounds much more 21st-century, however, unlike 25-year-old JPG format that is universally accepted, Apple devices other than running iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and tvOS 11 or later cannot open and view HEIC format pictures. Not to mention that HEIC brings the very real possibility of causing format compatibility issues with Android, Windows, photo editing and photography apps, for instance:

Case 1: When I download a shared photo album from an iPhone to my Android phone I can't open them because they are in the new HEIC format.
Case 2: HEIC unsupported. When I try to open a HEIC format photo taken by iPhone 7 on Photoshop, I get this error: Unsupported Format.

If you are facing such problems, look at these sure-fire methods below to convert HEIC to JPG photos.


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1Convert HEIC Images to JPG on Mac/Windows with Photo Transfer Tool

On your iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7s/6s iPad Pro/Air etc. with iOS 11, you can open Settings menu, tap Photos, find Transfer to Mac or PC, select Automatic, and select JPG format when transferring HEIC photos from iPhone to Mac or PC. But there's a much efficient way to convert HEIF (.heic) to JPG format and manage iPhone photos - use a solid HEIC converter, MacX MediaTrans. It can convert HEIC photos to JPG on Mac/Windows in batch quickly without losing image quality thanks to its cutting-edge HEIC photo conversion algorithm. It simplifies the HEIC to JPG conversion process so you can get started easily. Follow steps below to give it a shot.

How to Transfer HEIC to JPG/JPEG on Mac/Windows

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Free download Mac version (macOS High Sierra also supported)

Step 1: Run MacX MediaTrans on your computer, connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable.

Step 2: Click Photo Transfer on the main interface and all the photos on iPhone will be displayed from the latest to the oldest on the left pane on the Photo Transfer window.

Step 3: Select a single or multiple HEIC photos. You can also click "Select All" to choose all of the photos. Click the inverted triangle near Export button. There pops a drop-down menu with two options:
Choose Export to directly transfer HEIC photos from iOS 11 iPhone to Mac, if you're running on macOS High Sierra (10.13), which supports HEIC photos.
Choose Export heic to jpg to convert HEIC photos to JPG format, so that you can view and open HEIC photos on Windows, macOS 10.12 and earlier, Android, or edit on Photoshop or other image editing tools.

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2Change HEIC to JPG via Cloud Services

* Via Dropbox
Dropbox now accepts HEIC photos and it also offers users the option to upload photos saved as HEIC (.heic) or JPG (.jpg). You can set to upload HEIC and save it as JPG, and HEIC images will be converted to JPG automatically during upload. To do this,
Step 1: Open the Dropbox app, and tap the person icon.
Step 2: Tap the gear icon and tap Camera Uploads.
Step 3: Choose Save HEIC Photos as and choose JPG as upload format. You HEIC photos will be converted to JPG without using any HEIC encoders.

Note: some users reported iOS 11 HEIC photos were not viewable on Sierra after HEIC to JPG conversion via Dropbox.

* With Google Drive
Go to Photos, select HEIC images and share them to Google Drive, and HEIC images will be converted into JPG. The file name will also be changed. If you backup iPhone photos to iCloud, you can access iCloud photos via its website on Windows without conversion.

* Via OneDrive
OneDrive on iOS now can recognize HEIC image format, and the updated version of OneDrive is able to automatically convert HEIC to JPEG/JPG before uploading the cloud so that users can open and view HEIC images on Windows 10, OneDrive app, and OneDrive website. Users just need to go to Settings > Advanced and turn on the Upload Most Compatible feature on OneDrive.

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3Convert HEIC Images to JPG using Free Online Image Converter

There are some free online images converters offering ways to convert HEIF (.heic) to JPG online. heictojpg is one of them and proved to be a good choice. The online tool supports to convert up to 30 HEIC photos to JPG (most free online HEIC to JPG converter has limit on the number of photos you can convert).

How to Convert HEIC to JPG Free Online
Step 1: Go to the official site of this free online HEIC converter.
Step 2: Load HEIC photos. Drag and drop HEIC photos to the interface, or click "Choose .heic(s)" in bold to select HEIC photos to convert.
Step 3: It takes a while for the online free HEIC image to JPG converter to load original HEIC images and convert HEIC images to JPG.
Step 4: After the conversion process is finished, click Download JPEG on the left to download jpg files converted from HEIC.

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4Convert Image Format from HEIC to JPG by Email

Emailing images is a sure-fire way to change HEIC to JPEG. Select images and send it to email box as an attachment, then you get images in JPG quickly. In this way, you can access and view converted JPG photos from HEIC on Android devices, Windows PC, Mac, any devices with Wi-Fi connected. But it has a size limit, for example, Gmail only allows you to send 25MB in attachments. The email way is not the ideal way if you have large numbers of HEIC images that need to convert to JPG.

Other Things You Should Know About HEIC & JPG

Tip 1: HEIF (.heic) Photos Compatibility

Support to view and open HEIC photos

Don't support to view and open HEIC photos

  • iOS 11 or later
  • macOS High Sierra or later
  • tvOS 11
  • Android
  • Windows
  • iOS 10 and earlier
  • macOS Sierra or earlier

Tip 2: Capture JPEG instead of HEIF Photos on iOS 11

If you are sick of HEIC image compatibility issues and not willing to convert HEIC/HEIF to JPG on iOS 11, Apple offers you a way to quit HEIC format. On your iPhone or iPad, head to Settings > Camera > Formats and tap on Most Compatible under CAMERA CAPTURE to turn off High Efficiency, and the Most Compatible will always use JPEG for images, while the High Efficiency will save photos as HEIC (.heic). Now, you don't need to manually convert HEIC to JPG.


Tip 3: HEIF vs JPEG Comparison


HEIF (.heic)



.heic, .heif

.jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jif etc.

Full Name

High Efficiency Image File Format

Joint Photographic Experts Group

Developed by

Moving Picture Experts Group

Joint Photographic Experts Group

Type of format

Image Container Format

Lossy Image Format

Initial Release




High compression ratio

Broad compatibility


Not universally supported

Lossy compression


iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

Most devices and photo editors

HEIC will be the image format of the future, it just needs some time to be widely accepted without requiring HEIF (.heic) to JPG conversion. Put wide compatibility of JPG format aside, HEIC has plenty of distinct advantages over JPG format.

File size and quality. HEIF (.heic), High Efficiency Image File Format, requires nearly half the file size (bandwidth) of JPEGs without decreasing image quality. That means you can save a lot of space on your iPhone 7/8/X running iOS 11, yet with better image quality. See the file size comparison of JPG and HEIC format in detail below.
Image 1 - JPG: 2.5MB, HEIC: 742KB
Image 2 - JPG: 2MB, HEIC: 648KB
Image 3 - JPG: 3.3MB, HEIC: 1.2MB

Efficiency. HEIF edges over JPG in efficiency, for example, HEIF is a container image format that can also include text and audio, or a sequence of images. HEIF images can be encoded and decoded in a much faster speed using less battery power on iPhone 7 or later. Once web pages and applications start to adopt HEIF image format, the time it takes to download HEIF images can be dramatically reduced. And HEIF format has the ability to store editing operations like rotation, cropping, and the change of the orientation, which makes it good for editing without additional re-encoding process.

If you are fine with HEIF images, stay with HEIF.

Convert HEIC Photos to JPG on Mac/Windows Quickly in Batch

MacX MediaTrans can convert HEIC images from iPhone 7/X/8/8 Plus etc. on iOS 11 to JPG/JPEG on Mac/Windows individually or in batch. World's No.1 speed, no size limits. Also support to manage photos, delete photos and albums, convert audio video formats, transfer/backup other data like music, movies, videos, ringtones, books, and more.

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