[2024 New] How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac for Free

Wendy Wu
Last updated: May 14, 2024

Can't open HEIC images? Read this post to learn how to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac.

Although HEIC format saves photos in higher quality than JPEG while taking less space, there are some times you have to convert HEIC to JPG.

Wondering how to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac? Follow this guide to use the Preview app, the Photos app, or the Automator to change HEIC to JPG on Mac. Keep reading!

Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac

What Is HEIC File?

HEIC (High Efficiency Image Container) is the variant of HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format). Apple was the first major adopter of the format in 2017 with the introduction of iOS 11 using HEIC variant(from Wiki).

When to Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac

  • The photos are taken by iPhones running iOS 9 earlier.
  • The recipient you want to share images with doesn't have an Apple device. (incompatible)
  • You want to upload photos to FaceBook, Instagram, or other social media.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac via Preview

The easiest way to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac is to use the Preview app, and it's free.

Here is how:

Open HEIC photos via Preview>Click the File menu>Export>Select JPEG format>Rename the photo if necessary>Click the Save button.

Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac
For macOS High Sierra and later systems, it is recommended to use Preview or Photos. For macOS High Sierra earlier, you may need to use a third-party HEIC converter.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Mac via Photos

The Photos app is also a helpful "HEIC to JPG converter". Follow the steps below to convert HEIC photos to JPG photos:

Drag the HEIC photos directly to any Finder Window, and it will automatically be converted to jpeg format.

Or: Click the Photo you want to change format>Click the File menu>Export>Export 1 Photo>Choose JPEG format>Click Export.

Change HEIC to JPEG photos

How to Convert Multiple HEIC to JPG on Mac

If several photos are waiting to be processed, batch convert them in Preview will save you time and effort.

Here is how:

  1. Open Finder>Select all files you want to convert> Right-click and select Open with Preview.
  2. Click Select All in the Edit menu.
    Select all photos
  3. Select Export Selected Images.
    Export selected images
  4. Click the Show Options button> Select JPEG format>Choose.
Batch convert HEIC to JPG on Mac

How to Change HEIC to JPG on Mac via Automator

In addition, you can set a quick action to change HEIC to JPG on Mac via Automator. Once you set this quick action, all you need to do is one click if you want to change HEIC to JPG in the future.

Here is how to set HEIC to JPG convert quick action:

  1. Open Automator via Spotlight.
  2. Click Quick Action>Choose.
    Automator quick action
  3. Click Photo under Library>Change Type of Images.
  4. Drag the action "Change Type of Images" to the right window.
    Set change type of images action
  5. Select JPEG format.
  6. Go to File menu>Clickl Save>Name this action>Save.
    Save quick action

After setting the quick action, each time you want to convert HEIC to JPG:

Right-click the image>Quick Actions>Find and click the action you set.

How to Make Images Default JPG on Mac and iPhone

  • For Mac:

On Mac, you can use Terminal to set screenshots to default save as JPG format.

Here is how:

  1. Open Terminal via Spotlight.
  2. Copy and paste the following command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG

Set screenshots to default save as JPG
  • For iPhone:

Capture photos in JEPG format on iPhone:

Go to Settings>Camera>Formats>Select Most Compatible.

Set JPG default iPhone
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Are you clear about how to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac now? Try the methods above to get a JPG image easily.

Wendy Wu is a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Wendy is always on the lookout for Apple products and is committed to providing Apple users with some of the latest information and useful tips.