How To Open and Convert HEIC To JPG (6 Ways)

Today, it’s easy to take pictures on mobile devices without using cameras. But on different devices, there are different image formats and image file name extensions, such as HEIC and JPG. This leads to some difficulties in transmitting image data between devices.

In some cases, you will not be able to view the image in a format that has not been converted to be compatible with the type of device used to view the image. For example, it’s necessary to convert HEIC to JPG to view the images taken by iPhones, iPads and Android P mobiles on the computer using the Window operating system.

While HEIC is an image file name extension that is formatted as HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format), JPG is the most popular one and compatible with the Windows operating system. Let’s explore how to convert HEIC to JPG and never have trouble transferring photos from your mobile device to your computer again.

What is HEIC?

(Important information before explore how to convert HEIC to JPG)

High Efficiency Image File Format (abbreviated as HEIF) is a high-performance image format equipped for iPhones, iPads and mobile phones with the Android P operating system. The HEIF format was invented by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

The HEIF format gives you an image with a smaller size but higher image quality, or as a JPG image. In fact, HEIC is an image file name extension that is formatted as HEIF. It’s not an image format.

How to convert HEIC to JPG?

(6 simple ways to do it yourself)

In the trend of taking photos with mobile phones, more and more people are choosing devices with good camera quality such as iPhone, iPad or some Android phones running Android P version onwards. This leads to the demand to transfer photos between the phone and the computer, and poses the problem of converting the HEIC extension to JPG so that images can be easily used on the computer.

Take a look at 6 ways below and choose the most suitable one.

Use specialized software to convert HEIC to JPG

Currently, there are many softwares to help you convert images with .HEIC to .JPG files easily. Three of them are iMazing HEIC Converter, HEIC Converter Free and CopyTrans HEIC for Windows and here are some highlights about them.


  • The iMazing HEIC Converter works extremely simple with just one click, drag the image and drop it into the software interface, you already have the image with .JPG.
  • HEIC Converter Free allows you to choose the image quality, option to keep or remove Exif data when converting image formats.
  • CopyTrans HEIC for Windows has many useful features such as viewing HEIC images first on your computer without converting, and converting HEIC images to the format you want to use.

Use the default switch on iOS

With iPhones and iPads running iOS 11 onwards, users can completely convert HEIC to JPG by using the default switch on iOS.

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Access Settings, select Photos and tap Transfer to Mac or PC. Here, users tick Automatic to automatically convert images from HEIC format to JPG when transferring data to a PC by USB port.

Attach HEIC image file to mail

In case you just need to transfer a few images with the HEIC extension, attaching HEIC image file to mail is exactly a great trick. It saves you from having to download specialized software or having to select some complicated installation options but still have the result you want.

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This is a quick and suitable way for those who are not too knowledgeable about information technology.

Convert .HEIC image to .JPG in macOS by Automator

Automator is software designed by Apple, first appeared in the version of Mac OS Tiger. You can find it in the Application folder of the machine. This application can help you automatically perform repetitive tasks or operations on multiple components.

You can use Automator to interact with Finder, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iPhoto, iMovie, … Many other non-Apple applications also support Automator, such as Microsoft Office for Mac. In short, Automator can be seen as a simple programming tool, performed mainly by drag-and-drop step-by-step to fulfill the user’s wishes.

To convert .HEIC image to .JPG in macOS by Automator, you can follow the procedure below:

Open Automator for start.

Select the option “New Document”.

Find “Quick Action”, then select “Choose”.

Find and select the option “Copy Finder item” by typing “Copy Finder” in the input box at the upper left, then click twice.

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Change the place you want to save the new files after being converted in the Copy Finder Item dialog box, or it will be on your desktop as default settings.

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Find and select the option “Change Type of Images” by typing “change type” in the input box at the upper left, then.In Type of Images, convert the “To Type” dropbox to JPG.

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Click “Save” in the “File” option or use Command + S as a shortcut. Name (ConvertHEICtoJPG) quick action just created and click Save.

To Convert .HEIC file, just right-click >> Quick Action >> Select ConvertHEICtoJPG

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The result.

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Use keyboard shortcuts to convert

In case you need to convert hundreds of images from .HEIC to .JPG, using a shortcut to convert is a smart way to save time and work on your Mac. Here are four steps to do it:

  • Reach System Preferences by clicking the Apple icon at the upper left corner.
  • Select Keyboard, choose Shortcuts -> Services.
  • It comes to a series options on the right, click “Files and Folders” and choose “Convert to JPG”.
  • Select “Add Shortcut” and enter the shortcut you want to record.

With four easy steps, now you can convert any image format to .JPG, not just HEIF with the HEIC file extension. Let’s try it and make your work simpler and easier.


Hopefully the above article has given you a lot of useful information to help you know how to convert HEIC to JPG easily and quickly to meet your learning and work needs. Thanks for your reading!

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