How to Convert HEIC To JPG On Mac

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

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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.

    MacOS file system with a file highlighted.
  2. Double click on the file. This will open the Preview program (which is included with every Mac).

  3. In Preview, click File > Export.

    MacOS Preview with the Export option highlighted.
  4. You'll now see the Export options.

    MacOS Preview with the Export feature launched.
  5. At the bottom of the Export tab you will see the current file format is set to HEIC. To convert the image to JPG, simply click Format and then click JPEG.

    MacOS Preview with the Export file options highlighted.
  6. You can then adjust Quality slider if you choose (it’s not required), and then click Save to convert your HEIC file to the JPG format.

    MacOS Preview Export feature with the format set to JPEG and the Save button highlighted.
  7. That's it! Your image is now available as a JPG. The original HEIC file also remains unaffected.

    MacOS file system showing the HEIC original file and the converted JPEG file.

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.

    An image loaded in the Squoosh web app.
  6. Save your JPG image to your device and your all set.