A helpful utility for iPhone users…
Since 2017 with the release of iOS 11, iPhones have captured still images in the HEIC / HEIF file format instead of the JPG format that we’ve used for decades.
While HEIC is great because it uses less storage space than JPG (for comparable image quality), occasionally there can be challenges if you want to work with a HEIC image in software that doesn’t support the format, or you want to upload a HEIC image to a web service that can’t figure out what to do with it.
Over time, most mainstream photo-related software has adopted support, but if you need to easily convert HEIC to JPG, I’ve created an iOS Shortcut that will do the trick.
Install the HEIC to JPG Shortcut
If you are using iOS 14 – and haven’t previously installed any third-party shortcuts, you’ll need to tell your iPhone to allow it. If you have the current version of iOS, this step isn’t necessary.
- Open the Settings app
- Scroll down to Shortcuts and tap.
- Toggle Allow untrusted shortcuts to On.
How to Use the Convert HEIC to JPG Shortcut
The shortcut can be used in two ways.
- When you are viewing an image, you can hit the Share arrow and the shortcut should appear on the menu of options (you may have to scroll to find it).
- If you launch the shortcut directly, it will prompt you to select a photo to convert.
The shortcut will convert the HEIC photo to JPG and then prompt what you’d like to do with it:
These options should be straightforward; the “Share” option will re-open the share sheet so you can send it along to another application if you’d like. If you choose to save to Files, you’ll be prompted for a filename and destination folder.
Drop a comment below with any questions; this simple shortcut should be a straightforward way to convert from HEIC to JPG on your iPhone or iPad without having to use a third-party application.
Update note: Originally, this shortcut couldn’t save to the Files app, on 1/27/2023 I updated it to do so and updated the screenshot accordingly.