One of the great advantages of iOS 11 are the HEIF formats for photography and HEVC for video. These innovations allow us to enjoy more multimedia content in fewer space thanks to a compression that does not reduce the quality.

The HEIF format comes by default in these compatible devices, it also requires an A10 Fusion chip or later. So these are the terminals that will have this format:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X

Come on, although we update our “old” iPhone 6s or iPhone SE to iOS 11, we can not take advantage of these extensions.

However, you may prefer to stay true to the JPEG standard, much more international and compatible. Therefore, you may want to change the image capture formats from HEIF / H.265 to JPEG / H.264.

How to change the format of the camera to JPEG

1. Open the Settings application on your device.

2. Click on the “Camera” section.

3. Select the option “Formats”.

Remember: If your device does not have the minimum hardware requirements for capturing images in HEIF format (an A10 Fusion chip or later) you will not see this menu.

4. Press “More compatible.”

This will make the native app Camera of your iPhone or your iPad stop saving images in HEIF format and do so in the JPEG format, which is more universally compatible.

All photographs, after configuring the “most compatible” format, will be saved in the iOS 11 Photos application as a JPEG format. The videos you capture will also be in H.264 format.

A point: this conversion does not have retroactive effect. That is, it will not automatically change your existing images to JPEG, but will do so from the moment you change the configuration.