You may sometimes need to convert a 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 any other reason.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to convert a HEIC file to a 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
- Simply open the HEIC image in Preview app on the Mac
- Pull down the “File” menu and select “Export”
- Open the submenu for “Format” and select “JPEG” as the file format, adjust the quality as desired then choose “Save”
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. Having capabilities of Preview to export and save multiple HEIC files like JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or other image file formats in the Preview app.
If you doing this often, then 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 differs per image and per file. Thus if you want to save storage space, maintaining files as HEIC can be useful, whereas JPEG is often most acceptable 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 the Preview app. Older versions of the Preview application may not work with HEIC file format.
Do you know of another easy and useful way to convert HEIC files to JPEG on the Mac? If yes then let us know in the comment section below!