How to convert HEIC images to JPEG or another format

How to convert HEIC images to JPEG or another format

Photos taken with modern iPhones and iPads are saved in the High-Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) format. This format saves space on your device by storing images at approximately half the file size of traditional image file formats. However, HEIC may not be supported by other applications where you want to use the image.

For example, if you want to include a HEIC image in an email message, you may need to convert it to a traditional image file format. Such formats include JPEG (larger file size than HEIC, with a slight loss of image quality) or PNG (much larger file size, but the original image quality is preserved).

If you want to convert a HEIC image on your computer to another file format, you can use one of the following methods.

Convert with GIMP


The free GIMP image editor can open HEIC files and save (“export”) them in another format.

  1. In GIMP, press Ctrl+OR ( Command+ ORon Mac) to perform the function You open and select the HEIC file.
  2. In the window Import the image from a color profile click Keep .
  3. With the file open, press Ctrl+ Shift+ And( Command+ Shift+ Andon Mac) to perform the function Export as .
  4. In the window Export image select the file extension text HEIC for the first name file and type the desired extension, such as JPEG or PNG . GIMP automatically understands which format you want to save based on the extension you typed.


At the bottom of the window Export image do click up Select file type (by extension) and manually choose the desired file format, for example JPEG image .

  1. click on Export .
  2. In the new window Export image choose the format options you want.
  3. click on Export .

Convert with ImageMagick


If you have the free ImageMagick command line tool installed on your computer, you can convert a HEIC file to any other format using the tool conversion .

  1. Access the command line of the operating system.
  • On Windows, open the command prompt: Start menu> Windows system > Command Prompt .
  • On macOS, open the terminal: Applications > Utility > Terminal .
  • On Linux, by pressing Ctrl+ Alt+ of T.usually the terminal opens.
  1. Use the command CD to change to the directory containing the HEIC file; for instance:
cd Immagini
  1. Use the command syntax convert inputfile outputfile where is it inputfile is the name of the HEIC file, and outputfile is a file name with the extension of the desired file format. For instance:
convertire IMG_0405.HEIC IMG_0405.jpg

This process creates a new file with the file name outputfile . The original HEIC file is not overwritten.

Convert with iMazing


If you want to connect your iPhone or iPad directly to the computer, the commercial application iMazing can convert HEIC files to another format. A free trial version is available for download on macOS or Windows.

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