How to Turn Off HEIC on iPhone

Instasize Team
July 2, 2024

How to Turn Off HEIC on iPhone

Turning off HEIC on your iPhone can be a game-changer if you have trouble handling this file format.

Let's dive into the details.

What is HEIC?

HEIC stands for High Efficiency Image Coding.

It's a format designed to save space without sacrificing quality.

But sometimes, it can be a pain to deal with, especially when sharing or editing photos.

Why You Might Want to Turn Off HEIC

  • Compatibility Issues: Not all devices and software support HEIC.
  • Editing Software: Many photo editing tools have limited support for HEIC.
  • File Sharing: Sharing HEIC files can be troublesome if the recipient can't open them.

Steps to Turn Off HEIC on iPhone

Alright, let's get into the steps.

Step 1: Open Settings

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Navigate to Camera

Scroll down and find the Camera option.

Step 3: Select Formats

Tap on Formats under the Camera options.

Step 4: Choose 'Most Compatible'

Under the Formats screen, you'll see two options:

  • High Efficiency
  • Most Compatible

Select 'Most Compatible'.

This will switch your photo format from HEIC to JPEG.

And that's it! Easy, right?

Bonus Tip: Convert Existing HEIC Files

Got a bunch of HEIC photos that you need to convert?

Here are two easy ways:

  1. Use a Third-Party App: Several apps on the App Store can help you batch-convert HEIC to JPEG.
  2. iCloud: If you transfer photos to your computer via iCloud, they automatically convert to JPEG.

Optimize Your Photos with Instasize

Now that you've turned off HEIC, keeping your photos optimized is important.

Have you considered using Instasize?

  • Image Resizing: Easily resize photos for social media or storage.
  • Image Optimization: Get your photos in top shape without losing quality.
  • Cloud Storage: Store and access your optimized photos anywhere.

Instasize offers all these features and more. It's like an all-in-one toolkit for your photos.


Does turning off HEIC affect photo quality? Switching to 'Most Compatible' will save photos as JPEGs, which can be slightly larger in file size but maintain excellent quality.

Can I revert to HEIC later? Absolutely. You can switch back to HEIC by following the same steps and selecting 'High Efficiency'.

Are there any downsides to using JPEG? The main downside is that JPEGs are usually larger in size compared to HEIC, but they're universally compatible.

Got more questions? Drop them in the comments, and let's chat!