This article concerns converting HEIF files to JPEG on your Mac. To find out how to save files on your iPhone as JPEG instead of HEIF, click here.
1) In the Finder, open the folder containing the HEIF images you’d like to convert to the more widely-used JPEG format.
You can recognize HEIF image files by their HEIC extension.
2) Command (⌘)-click specific HEIF items you’d like to convert, or select everything in the folder by pressing Command (⌘)-A or choosing Select All from the Finder’s Edit menu.
3) Right-click or Control (⌃)-click one of the highlighted HEIF files in the Finder, then choose Open With → Preview from the popup menu.
4) Your highlighted HEIC photos will open in Apple’s stock Preview app.
TIP: If you don’t see any thumbnails in the Preview sidebar, press Option (⌥)-Command (⌘)-2on your keyboard or choose Thumbnails from the View menu.
Select the HEIFs within Preview’s sidebar by using your mouse, pressing Command (⌘)-A or choosing the Select All command from the Edit menu.
5) Next, choose Export Selected Images from the File menu.
6) Click Options and select JPEG from the Format menu.
7) Finally, click Choose to save the converted JPEG files in the selected folder.
Of course, you can also adjust JPEG compression by dragging the Quality slider or pick any other desired image file format from the Format menu, like TIFF, PNG, PDF and more.
The Preview method is guaranteed to preserve the originals’ EXIF data, creation date, location information, embedded color profile (the P3 Display profile will be preserved when converting wide color images) and so forth, which is a big plus.
Converted JPEGs retain all EXIF data of their HEIF originals.
This article was originally published here.