What Are HEIC Files?

By default your iPhone saves photos as HEIC files. These are compressed images, like JPEG files, but will use less space on your iPhone, Mac and iCloud. You can easily convert these to JPEG files when you need to. Your iPhone also saves video files in HEVC format.

Comments: 4 Responses to “What Are HEIC Files?”

    Rick G
    3 months ago

    This was perfect timing as trying to export an HEIC photo was not working and this vid just explained everything. Thanks.

    LaliRaj
    3 months ago

    Gary I tried exporting a "HEIC" file as JP2 and saved to desktop and checked it actually increase the size of the jp2 file. why?

    3 months ago

    LaliRaj: Do you mean HEIC to jpeg? Then it may be that HEIC is more efficient. Or do you mean jpeg to HEIC. In that case it was probably just the jpeg file compression amount was really high (and lower quality as a result).

    Andrea Grasselli
    3 months ago

    Thank you Gary, really useful!

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