How to Make a Picture a JPEG on iPhone, Mac, Windows

This guide will tell you how to make a picture a JPEG on iPhone, Mac and Windows computer.

Lena by Lena Updated June 28, 2023
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Want to make a picture a JPEG file?

The HEIC format is a proprietary creation of Apple, known as the High-Efficiency Image File format. One of the notable benefits of HEIC is its ability to save storage space on iPhones while enabling 16-bit color capture. However, it is important to note that HEIC is currently supported primarily on Apple devices.


Although iPhone users can capture stunning, high-quality photos, they may encounter challenges when attempting to utilize these images across various apps, websites, and services. Consequently, there are situations where converting iPhone photos to JPEG becomes necessary. Just keep reading to see how to make a picture a JPEG file.

How to make a picture a JPEG on iPhone

To make a picture a JPEG on iPhone, you can use the Files app. There is no need to download any third-party app.

  • Launch the Files app on your iPhone.
  • Choose the "On My iPhone" option.
  • Tap and hold in an empty area within the app.
  • A popup will appear; select the "New Folder" option.
  • Provide a name for the folder and tap "Done" to create it.

New folder

Now, proceed with the following steps to make a picture a JPEG on iPhone:

1. Open the Photos app > Select the photos you wish to convert to JPEG.

2. Locate and tap the "Share" button located on the bottom-left corner of the screen.

3. From the Share sheet, choose the "Copy Photos" option.

4. Return to the Files app and navigate to the folder you created earlier.

5. Tap and hold in an empty area within the folder.

6. Select the "Paste" option from the menu. Your photos will now appear in the folder in the JPEG format, ready for use.

JEFG images in Files app

How to make a picture a JPEG on Mac

On a Mac, if you'd rather convert your iPhone photos, you have two options - accessing them through iCloud or importing them with a USB cable. Once you have the photos on your computer, you can rely on Preview app or Photos app to make a picture a JPEG file.

How to make a picture a JPEG on Mac via Preview

1. Select the HEIC files you wish to convert > Once selected, right-click on the chosen images > Open the files with the Preview App.

2. On the top menu bar, locate and click on "Edit" and then choose "Select All" option.

3. After selecting all the images, navigate to the top menu bar again and click on "File" and select select "Export Selected Images".

4. Here, you have the option to select your desired destination to save the converted pictures. Alternatively, you can create a new folder by clicking on "New Folder".

5. Click "Options" and choose "JPEG" as the desired format.

6. If desired, you can further adjust the image quality settings to your preference.

7. Finally, click "Choose" to initiate the conversion process.

Save JPEG via Preview app

How to make a picture a JPEG on Mac via - Photos

1. Choose the specific pictures you want to convert to JPEG format.

2. Next, navigate to the top menu bar and click on "File".

3. From the dropdown menu, choose "Export" and select the option that says "Export (number) Photos..."

4. A dialog box will appear, providing various options for customization.

5. Within this dialog box, you can modify the Photo Kind, adjust the Quality settings, specify the desired output location, and configure other relevant parameters.

6. Once you have made your desired adjustments, click on the "Export" button to convert the pictures to JPEG.

Save JPEG via Photos app

How to make a picture a JPEG on Windows

On a Windows computer, you can use FoneTool to help you make a picture a JPG. FoneTool is one professional iPhone data management tool, which supports data backup and transfer. In addition, it also provides many useful tools including HEIC Converter, that lets you get the desired image type.

Its outstanding features on HEIC converting:

🔸 User-friendly interface makes it effortless to convert HEIC images - just drag and drop them to initiate the conversion process.
🔸 Time-saving batch conversion feature enables you to convert multiple HEIC files to JPEG simultaneously.
🔸 Exceptional image quality preservation ensures that the converted files maintain their original clarity and retain the Exif Information.
🔸 Enhanced privacy measures guarantee that your photos remain secure, with no risk of them being uploaded to the Internet or accessed by unauthorized individuals.

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Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use the HEIC to JPEG Converter to make a picture a JPEG file:

1. Launch FoneTool.

2. On the Home screen, navigate to the Toolbox section and select HEIC Converter.

HEIC Converter

3. Add the HEIC images you want to convert by either dragging and dropping them or clicking on Add Photos.

Add photos

4. Customize the conversion settings:

  • Choose the JPEG format for your photos.
  • Select the desired Photo Quality and Conversion Speed.
  • Decide on the storage path where you want to save the converted files.

Adjust settings

5. Once you're satisfied with the settings, click Start Converting. After the conversion is completed, you can view the converted files by clicking on View files.

If the pictures you want to convert are on your iPhone, you can transfer them to your computer first:

  • Plug in your iPhone.
  • Choose Phone Transfer and go to iPhone to PC.

iPhone to PC

  • Select the pictures you need.

Select photos

  • Click Start Transfer to export your pictures to computer.

Start Transfer

Bonus Tip

 💡 How to save taken photos on iPhone as JPEG

In iOS 11 and later, the photos you capture on your iPhone are saved as HEIC files. However, you have the flexibility to choose another option. If you prefer saving your iPhone photos as JPEG files instead, you can easily make the adjustment in the Settings app.

  • Open your iPhone's Settings and locate the "Camera" option.
  • Within the Camera settings, find the "Formats" option and select it.
  • From the available formats, choose "Most Compatible" to ensure your photos are saved as JPEG files.

Most Compatible

Once you've made this selection, simply take a photo using your iPhone camera, and you will notice that the resulting image is now saved in JPEG format. This allows for greater compatibility and ease in handling your photos.

💡 How to check the format of photos

  • To determine if a file is a HEIC file on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:
  • Access the Photos app and locate the specific photo you want to verify.
  • Swipe up on the photo or tap the "i" icon.
  • Look for the picture format displayed next to the model name of your iPhone. If it specifies "HEIF", then you can confirm that the file is indeed a HEIC file.

HEIC image

Final words

That’s all about how to make a picture a JPEG on iPhone, Mac and Windows. Usually, you can take advantage of Files app to get JPEG images. When you want to batch convert HEIC to JPEG, you can first transfer pictures to computer and then do the conversion. If you prefer using JPEG format for your new photos, you can easily switch back to it by adjusting the camera capture format through the Setting app. I hope this guide proves to be helpful for you.

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