Transfer photos from iPhone to computer as HEIC, HEIF or JPG

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X will save your camera photos as HEIC files automatically. For greater compatibility, Apple allows iOS users to change the default photo format back to the legacy JPEG option. And currently you can’t alter iPhone photo format without using a third party image editor. See how you can convert iPhone HEIC photos to JPG, JPEG format. However Apple allow us to natively convert HEIC to JPG automatically upon transferring HEIC images to a Mac or Windows PC. To do this, you just need to configure the iPhone settings. No extra apps required.

On your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, open Settings app. Scroll down until you see the Photos entry, tap on it. In the Photos settings screen, scroll down to the bottom, you will find the Transfer to Mac or PC section. Here you can see two options: Automatic and Keep Originals.

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Transfer iPhone photos to computer as JPG

Select Automatic to select JPG format when transferring to Mac or PC computer. After that go to connect your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or later to your computer via USB, you can then find the photos in your Camera Roll are all in JPG file format. Copy and paste the iPhone photos to computer via USB. In this way, you can export HEIC images as JPG format onto Windows PC.

Transfer iPhone photos to computer as HEIC

By default your iPhone will shoot HEIC pictures. If you do not want to convert them into JPG format, set your iPhone or iPad to Keep Originals, the HEIC picture will remain to be in the same image format.

Transfer iPhone photos to computer in both HEIC and JPG formats

HEIC or JPG, each has its own merits and drawbacks. HEIF may save more storage space whereas JPEG is universally compatible with basically any phones and other devices. If you like the same photo to be saved in both HEIC and JPG formats on computer, you can follow this tutorial to transfer and convert iPhone HEIC photos automatically using a professional iPhone content transfer and manager. It can automatically create a JPG copy of all HEIC photos during the transfer process.

Update Jan 2018: this article was originally posted in 2017. In this update, the new method to change iPhone photo type or file format was added.