You may find yourself in a situation where you want to send a photo from your iPhone, only to discover that the images are saved as HIEC files instead of PNG or JPEG. HIEC is a file format created by Apple that uses less storage. But it cannot be opened on Windows or Android.
Fortunately, there are ways around this issue. You can either change the camera settings to start saving photos as JPEGs or use a third-party file transfer app that automatically converts the HIEC file to JPEG before sending.
Apple introduced the HIEC file format in iOS 11, and all iPhones today save photos in this format by default. The main difference between HEIC and other image formats, such as JPEG, is that it needs less space while still delivering clear pictures.
This article will explain how to send JPEG files from iPhone, including options for sending photos through built-in options and third-party apps.
Method #1: Save Photos as JPEG Instead of HIEC
You may know that Apple introduced HIEC as a new image-saving format in iOS 11 due to its ability to store images without taking up a lot of space.
You can, however, change it back to JPEG from the camera settings if you wish due to compatibility issues with other devices. All photos saved after that will be in JPEG format.
Here’s what you’ll need to do.
- Open the Settings on your iPhone.
- Scroll down until you see “Camera” and click on it.
- Look for the “Formats” option in the list and open it.
- Select “Most Compatible”, which means JPEG.
The photos you take with your iPhone will now be in JPEG format instead of the HIEC format, so you can easily share them with anyone.
Photos already taken will not be affected by this change. Changing them from HIEC to JPEG is not recommended since it will cause your storage to fill up more quickly than it would otherwise since JPEG consumes more space than HIEC does.
Method #2: Send Photos as JPEG to a Mac or Windows PC
Apple provides an option in the Settings app that, when enabled, automatically converts the photos to a compatible format such as JPEG when transferring them to a Windows PC or Mac.
In the same way that HIEC files are not compatible with Windows, a Mac that is not running the latest version of macOS will not be able to open them.
Here’s what you have to do.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and click on “Photos”.
- Look for the “Transfer to Mac or PC” options.
- Select “Automatic” if it is not already selected.
When you transfer photos from your iPhone to a Windows PC or old Mac, they’ll be automatically converted to a compatible format, such as JPEG.
Method #3: Send Photos as JPEGs to Android or Other Devices
While the method above is good for transferring photos to Windows PCs, what if you want to transfer photos directly as JPEGs to an Android or a non-Apple device? Luckily, for that.
We’ll be using a free third-party file transfer app called Send Anywhere, which is available on the App Store and Google Play. Both the sending iPhone and receiving Android need to have this app installed.
Here’s what you have to do.
- Download and install this app from the App Store.
- Open the app and go to the settings.
- Look for the option that says “Send HIEC Photos as JPG”.
- Enable this option and then select the photos that you want to send.
- Scan the QR code on your Android or enter the code manually.
In a matter of seconds, the photos from your iPhone will begin to appear on your Android as JPEGs wirelessly without losing their quality.
There you have it. If you follow the few simple methods we have shared above, sending JPEGs from your iPhone to other devices should be a breeze.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you use HEIC format, you get images that are incredibly smaller, but they have nearly the same image quality as JPEGs.
You can email the photo as a JPEG attachment using any mail app once you change the camera settings and start saving the images as JPEGs on your iPhone.
HIEC is an efficient file format that uses less space to store photos without sacrificing quality compared to JPEG, which is why Apple uses this file format.