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Q: I have never been in a position to ship my iPhone photographs to Walgreens and Walmart for printing resulting from a format problem — the photographs had been within the HEIC (Excessive Effectivity Picture Coding)file format the iPhone makes use of. I then saved the photographs within the JPEG (Joint Photographic Specialists Group) file format the shops wished, however I used to be advised that some JPEG photographs additionally aren't accepted. What can I do?


A: The picture printing providers of Walmart and Walgreens require you to ship them photographs within the JPEG (additionally written as JPG) file format, which is broadly utilized by digital cameras. The principle restrictions are that Walmart will not settle for any picture bigger than 16 megabytes (see, and Walgreens discourages sending a photograph bigger than 20 megabytes (see These limitations in all probability will not have an effect on you; iPhone JPEG photographs usually include lower than 10 megabytes of information.

The HEIC picture format (Apple's model of the usual HEIF, or Excessive Effectivity Picture Format) was designed to save lots of cupboard space on iPhones. HEIC photographs require solely about one-third as a lot cupboard space as JPEG photographs. The downside to HEIC is that some photo-printing providers and non-Apple gadgets do not use that format. So, since 2017 Apple has allow you to select which format your iPhone ought to use for photographs. To choose one, go to Settings, click on on digital camera, then click on Codecs. Select "excessive effectivity" for HEIC or "most appropriate" for JPEG.

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