A few years ago, iOS 11 launched a new photo format called HEIF / HEIC that takes up half the space of traditional JPG and launched to reduce the storage occupied by its users’ libraries. It brought advantages thanks to this, but it also added a compatibility problem to those who share photos with devices from other platforms.
To solve it (beyond the options that Apple’s own systems have) tools have appeared that convert images from HEIC to JPG and thus be more compatible, but now macOS Monterey has a much simpler method to achieve that .
From HEIC to JPG in two clicks
If you have upgraded your Mac to macOS Monterey, just right click on the HEIC file you want to convert and access ‘Convert Image’:
A small dialog will appear in which you can choose the format in which you want to convert the image (JPEG or PNG in addition to HEIF) and you will have the option to change the size. All you have to do is press the ‘Convert to JPEG’ button for the same image to appear exported in JPG format next to the original:
You can follow the same steps to convert several images at the same time, just select them all; or do the reverse step of converting a JPG image to HEIC so that it takes up less space on your discs. This eliminates the need to have tools specifically dedicated to converting formats, or to resort to exporting the Photos application, which usually involves more steps.