If you are an iOS user, you may have noticed that the pictures you take with an iPhone 7 or higher now store the pictures you take in a HEIC format instead of the common JPG. HEIC is Apple's version of the new High Efficiency Image Format that many cameras now use. HEIC allows digital photos to be saved in much smaller file size, yet gives it a higher image quality than JPEG.
Sounds like a WIN-WIN right. Well not necessarily, at least not yet. A yearbook teacher brought to my attention that the program she needs to use only accepted JPEG files and when you try to upload your HEIC photos into Google Drive it doesn't save in JPEG format either. Dragging them onto your computer doesn't allow the files to be recognized either.
Most likely this issue will be solved in the near future, but for now if you need to use your pictures in the JPEG format, here are some options:
Use an app to convert themThere are a few apps that will convert HEIC files to JPG, the most popular of which is iMazing HEIC Converter.
Email the HEIC Files
You can email to yourself with the HEIC pictures, and it will change HEIC to JPEG format automatically.
Turn off the High Efficiency
You can simply disable this new feature on iPhone.
Go to Settings > Camera > Formats > Choose Most Compatible under CAMERA CAPTURE.
In this way, the photos will be captured as JPEG, the default format since the first iPhone. Of course this won't change the format of any past pictures that you have taken under the HEIC format.