How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac Easily with Preview

Nov 22, 2019 - 8 Comments

Converting a HEIC file to JPEG on Mac

You may occasionally need to convert an HEIC file to JPEG on the Mac, perhaps because someone sent you an iPhone picture in the HEIF / HEIC file format, for compatibility purposes, or for any other reason.

This article will show you how to concert an HEIC file to JPEG file on the Mac using the Preview app, which is bundled with every Mac OS release.

How to Convert HEIC to JPEG on Mac with Preview

  1. Open the HEIC image in Preview app on the Mac
  2. Pull down the “File” menu and choose “Export”
  3. How to convert HEIC to JPEG on Mac with Preview

  4. Open the submenu for “Format” and choose “JPEG” as the file format, adjust the quality as desired then choose “Save”
  5. How to convert HEIC to JPEG on Mac with Preview

You can find the converted JPEG file in the location you exported the .heic file to.

For multiple HEIC files, you can use the batch image file conversion capabilities of Preview to export and save multiple HEIC files as JPEG, or even PNG, TIFF, or other image file formats in the Preview app.

If you find yourself doing this often, you may want to change the iPhone camera to shoot images in JPEG instead of HEIC / HEIF.

It’s worth mentioning that HEIC files are smaller in size than JPEG even when compressed. For example, a 1.8 MB HEIC image file might end up as a 2.8 MB JPEG file even at 80% image quality, though exact file sizing obviously differs per image and per file. Thus if you are looking to save storage space, maintaining files as HEIC can be beneficial, whereas JPEG is often most suitable for maximum compatibility for other devices and with the web.

You’ll need a modern version of macOS to be able to open and read HEIC files with Preview app. Older versions of the Preview application on earlier Mac OS releases may not work with HEIC file format.

Do you know of another easy way to convert HEIC files to JPEG or another image file format on the Mac? Share with us in the comments below!

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

8 Comments

» Comments RSS Feed

  1. Kablonet says:

    Thank you for the detailed information. It was a very useful article.

  2. Shadu says:

    iMazing convertor is the best.

    https://imazing.com/heic

  3. Serge says:

    Softorino just launched a free app called WALTR HEIC Converter: https://softorino.com/heic-converter/.

  4. Arne says:

    Use Automator to create a simple workflow (you can even choose to keep the original or replace it) that converts the file format – then save it as an app. Drag multiple (or as many as you want) HEIC files and drop them on the app and convert them in an instant.

  5. Luke Lindblom says:

    Very useful tip. Thanks. Also, photos exported from the photos app and pictures taken with continuity camera are automatically converted.

  6. Michael G says:

    This is a good method, but there are only a limited number of formats that you can convert your image file into. Suppose you want to convert a jpg or gif file into a bmp file for use on a PC. You can’t do it this way. To expand the options, press and hold the Option key, while exporting the image file in Preview. Many more conversion options will then appear on the list.

  7. Bill G. says:

    Imazing has a free HEIC converter. Lemke Graphic Converter also does it, though Graphic Converter isn’t free (free trial though).

Leave a Reply

 

Shop on Amazon.com and help support OSXDaily!

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates

Tips & Tricks

News

iPhone / iPad

Mac

Troubleshooting

Shop on Amazon to help support this site