Step by Step Guide to Make Your iPhone Shoot JPEGs Again After iOS 11

After the new iOS 11 upgrade, which supports HEIC image format, I am unable to view my iPhone photos in Lightroom. Now I want to switch back to.JPEG as the photo editing app on my Windows PC does not support the new HEIF format. Is there any way to shoot iPhone photos in JPEG again?

With the release of iOS 11, Apple has switched from JPEG file format to new HEIC (High-Efficiency Image File Format) for capturing iPhone photos. The change is welcome as the HEIC file format greatly reduces the photos file size while maintaining their quality. Thus, giving you the freedom to save even more photos in your iPhone after upgrade to iOS 11.

However, there are many iPhone users who want to shoot in JPEG as the HEIC format is not supported by many software including Windows OS and several photo editing tools. Read on to know how you can make your iPhone shoot in JPEG again after iOS 11 upgrade and what are the other methods to access your HEIC in JPEG format.

How to switch from HEIC to JPEG format after iOS 11 upgrade in iPhone?

After iOS 11 upgrade too, it is possible to make your iPhone capture photos in JPEG format. To do so, change your iPhone settings to ‘Most Compatible.’ This will allow you to capture photos in JPEG or H.264 format by default.

Under Settings>Camera >Formats, click on Most Compatible.

You can always return back to using HEIF/HEVC format, by choosing High Efficiency under camera settings.

Convert iOS 11 HEIC Photos into JPEG Using Various Methods

HEIC images are real space savers on your device as they allow you to save several high quality pictures without crippling the iPhone storage.

So, you can continue taking pictures in HEIC format after iOS 11 update and later convert them to JPEG, if required.

To convert use any of the below methods as per your convenience:

  1. Use Apple Automatic Transfer feature on iOS 11
  2. Use OneDrive to access in JPEG
  3. Email HEIC format photos
  4. Use free online HEIC converter
  1. Use Apple Automatic Transfer feature on iOS 11

Apple iOS 11 has a feature which converts HEIC images to a format which is compatible with the device to which you are transferring files. For example, if you move HEIC images to Windows PC, it will automatically be converted into JPEG on transfer. This is because Windows do not identify HEIC format thus iOS converts the HEIC images to compatible JPEG.

To enable this features on your iOS 11 device, go to
Settings >Photos> Transfer to Mac or PC, and choose Automatic.

Remember, it will not work for the existing HEIC format pictures. Only those shot after the change in settings will be converted.

Also, after transfer, it might be possible your photos do not open appropriately due to header corruption, JPEG file data error, or invalid JPEG file structure. It is advisable to use Jpeg Repair Software to fix any kind of corruption that occurs in the JPEG files. The software is safe and capable to fix any sort of damage or distortions in the JPEG/JPG images. Watch the video here to see how the software functions.

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  1. Use OneDrive to access in JPEG

Cloud services like OneDrive automatically convert HEIC format photos into JPEG. Download OneDrive for iOS on your iPhone. Upload your pictures to OneDrive. You can view them on on Windows PC or on OneDrive mobile apps.

But remember, if you download iPhone photos from OneDrive to your computer, they will be saved as HEIC. Use a converter tool to change to JPEG.

  1. Email HEIC format photos

Another simpler way to convert images to JPEG is to email HEIC format photos to yourself from iPhone. When you do so, they are automatically converted to JPEG.

  1. Use free online HEIC converter

Free tools to convert HEIC file formats into JPEG are available online. Transfer HEIC files to your PC or Mac and converts them to accessible JPEG format using these converter tools.

See all other methods of Converting HEIC to JPG through in this Infographic:


You can make your iPhone shoot in JPEG after upgrade to iOS 11 by changing the iPhone settings. However, you can also continue to capture photos in HEIC format after iOS upgrade and later convert them to JPEG file format through various methods.

In the process of converting HEIC to JPEG format, your JPEG images might get corrupt. In such a situation, use Stellar Repair for Photo. Used by millions of users around the world it is trusted by both home users and professionals to repair damage or distortion in JPEG/JPG.

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