We all know that Apple likes to do its own thing to keep users inside its walled garden ecosystem, even if it only benefits the owner. Photos are no exception.
How many times have you shared a photo with a non-Apple family member, friend, or colleague, but when the photo was perfectly clear to you, they received a pixelated portrait? Or, even worse, they couldn’t even open the image file!
The reason is actually very simple: HEIF (also known as High Efficiency Image Files) is Apple’s secret image format which is optimized for its proprietary products and nothing else.
By default, your iPhone or iPad’s camera setting has the “High Efficiency” option enabled. This means that with family reunions and the holiday season on the horizon, problems with image sharing are inevitable. To avoid such problems, and so Grandma can get all her photos and videos with peace of mind, here’s how to change the default camera format on your iPhone (or iPad) from HEIF to all-inclusive JPEG.
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What is HEIC (or HEIF)?
HEIC (or HEIF) is Apple’s patented High Efficiency Image File. Although compatible with other Apple devices, HEIC files are not as user-friendly on other devices, including Android and Windows.
Is HEIC better than JPEG?
Apple created HEIC files to provide better file compression without compromising image quality. So when it comes to saving images in a smaller file size and maintaining quality, yes they are better than JPEG. When it comes to cross-platform compatibility and sharing, however, the standard JPEG format is the best bet.
Why are my iPhone photos grainy on an Android phone?
By default, iPhone photos are automatically saved in a HEIC file format instead of a (standard) JPEG file format. Therefore, the files are not ideal for viewing if you are using a non-Apple device.