HEIC stands for High-Efficiency Image Codec and is used by Apple to store photos and additional data. It has become an industry standard; however, some programs can not read or accept the file format.
Here are a couple of quick steps to take if uploading a photo.
- BEFORE taking a photo: Disable HEIC capture in iOS and iPad;
- in Settings > Camera > Formats, choose Most Compatible instead of High Efficiency. This causes iOS to store photos in JPEG format.
- AFTER taking the photo:
- Open Photos, tap the Share button, and tap Mail to send the image to yourself. This process automatically converts the image to JPEG.
- In Mail, select the message, tap to download it, and then press and hold the image.
- Finally, choose Save Image to put it back into Photos as a JPEG.
Do not AIrDrop to send it to another Apple device or Save it to Files from within Photos: both transfer methods preserve the HEIC format.
Use the Preview app to open the HEIC image. Choose File > Export, select JPG format, and save it on your desktop.
Use the Windows Photo app to open the HEIC image. Choose Edit > Save a Copy, select JPG format, and save it on your desktop.