By Dylan / Last update September 22, 2022


Can I turn off HEIC on my iPhone 12?

I want to move my photos to an external hard drive because I need to edit them on my PC. But they are all in HEIC format so I can’t do so. Why is that? Can I turn it off?}

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Why iPhone photos are HEIC format?

HEIC stands for high-efficiency image format. It is a special photo format originally introduced by Apple to make use of an advanced array of compression method making photos in fewer sizes without reducing quality. If your photos in your iPhone are saved in this format, that is because the Camera app is asked to take photos or videos in HEIC format.

However, when you want to transfer photos to a Windows PC or another device to edit or view, these HEIC photos will be unable to view or edit if the device is incompatible. So to solve this problem, refer to this article, it will guide you on how to turn off HEIC on your iPhone and provides a method to switch HEIC to JPG.

How to turn off HEIC on iPhone 8/X/11/12/13/14/SE easily?

No matter you are using iPhone 8 iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 running with iOS 11, 12, 13, 14, you can follow the steps below to disable the HEIC feature.

Step 1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.

Step 2. Wipe down and tap “Camera".

Step 3. Tap “Format” and choose “Most Compatible”.

Camera Compatible Format

Then your iPhone will take photos in JPEG format and shoot videos in H.264 format.

if you want to transfer iPhone photos to a PC in JPEG format, you can follow the step below to transfer compatible photos.

1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.

2. Find and tap the “Photos” option.

3. Scroll down and choose “Automatic” when transfer to Mac or PC.

Automatic: This option will transfer photos and videos in a compatible format(JPEG/JPG) to a computer or external hard drive.
Keep Originals: Transfer media to another place without checking for compatibility.

But what about the photos taken before that are still in HEIC? Next part we provide an easy way to switch HEIC pictures to JPEG/JPG/PNG.

Bonus tip: How to convert HEIC photos to JPG/JPEG/PNG?

To change your iPhone format, you can turn to a powerful and popular HEIC-to-JPG/JPEG/PNG converter-FoneTool that can help you to easily convert HEIC photos to JPG on a Windows computer without damaging photo’s quality.

Then you have full control over your pictures to transfer edit views on other devices. You can hit the download button to download and install this tool. And follow the steps below to see how to use it.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool. Click  "Toolbox" > “HEIC Converter”.

heic converter

Step 2. When the converter program is launched, click “Add photos”, and select photos you want to convert.

add photos

Step 3. Specify the format, quality, speed, and storage path. Then click “Start Converting”.


Then wait for a second, go to the destination path to see your pictures.


So this post explains why your photos are HEIC format and lead you to turn off HEIC on iPhone 14,13,12,11, XR, X, 8,7,6 with iOS 12,13,14 and convert HEIC to JPG/PNG format. Hope this post can really help you.

Besides, FoneTool is more than a photo converter, it is also a powerful and professional iPhone transfer software, With its help, you can easily transfer files from PC to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or from iPhone to PC/NAS backup/external hard drive.

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad