What are HEIC images?

HEIC (High Efficiency Image Coding) has its roots in the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) format developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as an improvement on the prevailing JPG image format. In fact, MPEG claims that HEIF images like HEIC need about half the storage space compared to JPGs of equivalent quality. Just imagine this saved space multiplied by the billions of JPG images in existence. It looks amazing!

But while HEIC images have several important advantages,

 Their main problem so far has been the lack of adoption by popular software and operating systems. Even if you don’t realize it on iOS, try transferring an HEIC image to your Mac, and you’ll find that using HEIC to the extent that we do with JPG is quite problematic, to say the least: many apps won’t open or edit it. and many websites do not accept it.

All this means that even if we consider and like the benefits of HEIC, we still need a quick and easy way to convert heic to jpg. So here is a guide on how to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac with various different applications.

How to convert a HEIC file to JPG with Photos

As the most popular photo viewing and editing app among Mac users, Photos, which is a continuation of I Photo and Aperture, might be where you work with HEIC files the most. Luckily, Photos offers you two ways to convert HEIC to JPG.

First, if you have transferred some HEIC images from your I Phone to your Photos library, you can simply drag and drop them to the Desktop or any other folder on the Mac, and they will be automatically converted to JPG.

Second, Photos gives you a lot of control over image export, so you can convert HEIC images to JPG while exporting and set your exact preferences for quality, color profile, etc:

Click File ➙ Export ➙ Export Photos in the menu bar

Select all the necessary options for the new JPG images

Click ExportHow to convert HEIC to JPG with Preview

If you don’t use the Photos app and just need to convert HEIC to JPG from time to time (to upload an avatar, for example), you can use the default image viewing app on Mac — Preview, which can not only open photos and documents, but also edit, markup, sign or watermark them, and much more.

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