How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format

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How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
It's easy to convert HEIC files to JPG files on a Mac desktop or laptop.Matthew Leete/Getty Images

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  • You can convert HEIC files to JPG on your Mac using the Preview app.
  • High Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) files are a relatively new format for images, videos, and multimedia said to have smaller file sizes compared to the standard JPG.
  • Apple started using HEIC with its iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra software updates.
  • Some websites don't allow HEIC images to be uploaded and require you to convert it into a JPG.

If you have an iPhone, you probably have noticed that many of your photos are saved as HEIC files - High Efficiency Image Containers. HEIC files are typically smaller than average JPG or PNG files. However, many websites do not support the upload of HEIC files. Apple introduced HEIC files with its iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra software updates.

Fortunately, converting HEIC images into the JPG format is easy if you have a Mac computer. You don't have to download any extra software - converting it can be done in just a few steps using Preview.

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How to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac

1. Open Preview on your Mac. You can find Preview by searching for it using Spotlight Search (Command + Space).

2. Find and select the HEIC file you want to convert.

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3. Select "Open."

How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
In the Preview menu, click "Open."Meira Gebel/Business Insider

4. The HEIC file should now be open in Preview. To convert it, click "File" from the toolbar at the top of the screen, and select "Export" in the dropdown menu.

How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
Under "File," click "Export."Meira Gebel/Business Insider

5. A pop-up menu will appear with the file's details. Select the arrows next to where it says "Format."

How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
Click the arrows to open the "Format" dropdown menu.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

6. In the dropdown menu, select "JPEG."

How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
Click "JPEG" in the list of options.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

7. Change the name of the file if you wish using the textbox at the top. You can also change where the file will be saved using the dropdown menu next to "Where. "

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8. Once you've selected "JPEG" as the format, select "Save."

How to convert HEIC files to JPG on a Mac computer, so you can upload photos to websites in a supported format
Type a name, choose a location, and click "Save."Meira Gebel/Business Insider

9. The JPG file will now be saved to the designated folder.

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