How to Convert HEIC To JPG On Mac

Make your images work on Macs (and across the web)

HEIC (High Efficiency Image Container) is an image format commonly used for storing photos captured on smartphones. Many device manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, and Google, have adopted HEIC in recent years as it's an effective way of storing photo files without losing too much data.

However, HEIC is still a relatively new, and therefore does not enjoy the same level of broad support as the older JPG format (aka JPEG). This can lead to issues when trying to upload and HEIC file to certain websites and apps. Fortunately, converting an HEIC file to JPG is relatively simple to do. Here are a few options.

This guide includes details on converting HEIC files to JPG via macOS and the web.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG On A Mac

It's easy to convert HEIC to JPEG when you use the Preview in Mac. It takes just a few steps, then your image file will be in a more recognizable format.

  1. Locate the file you want to convert and double-click it to open Preview.

  2. In Preview, click File > Export.

    The Export command in Preview
  3. To convert the image to JPG, click Format and then click JPEG.

    The Format menu
  4. Adjust the Quality slider to export a larger or smaller file.

    Check the File Size underneath the slider.

    The Quality slider
  5. Click Save to export the file.

    The Save button

How to Convert HEIC To JPG Using Squoosh In A Browser

Google's Sqoosh software is great for converting and compressing files via a web browser. Here's how to use it to convert an HEIC file to JPG.

  1. In your browser, navigate to https://squoosh.app/.

    The Sqoosh homepage.
  2. Next, find the HEIC file you want to convert to JPG. Drag and drop it onto the Squoosh web page to upload it to the app.

    Squoosh website with the macOS file system overlaid.
  3. You will see your HEIC image load in the Squoosh app.

    An image loaded in the Squoosh web app.
  4. By default, the image is set to use MozJPEG for its file compression. This will automatically convert your image to JPG upon export.

    An image loaded in the Squoosh web app.
  5. To save your HEIC image as a JPG file, adjust the Quality slider as required and then click the download arrow on the lower left side.

    The Quality slider and download button
  6. Save your JPG image to your device.