How to Convert PNG to JPEG on iPhone (2022)

How do you change a photo to JPEG on an iPhone? Here are two ways to convert a PNG to a JPEG image on your phone.

How do you convert a PNG image to JPEG on my iPhone? You need a PNG converter, or you can use a free, easy trick right in Apple's Photos app!

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Want to know how to change a PNG to JPEG file on your iPhone? And, to back up a little, what is a PNG file, and what is a JPEG file? We'll answer all your questions here! For more great Photos app tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

What Is a PNG File & What Is a JPEG File?

A PNG (Portable Network Graphic) file uses the .png extension and can handle 16 million colors, transparent or semi-transparent backgrounds, and uses lossless compression, so it retains all original data when compressed. A JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) uses one of the following extensions: .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jif, .jfif, or .jfi. JPEG files are compatible with most apps, software, and browsers, take up less room on your hard drive than a PNG file, and transfer and load more quickly. On the downside, JPEGs can lose detail and look less sharp in comparison to their PNG counterparts. 

How to Convert PNG to JPEG in the Photos App

The absolute easiest PNG converter to use is Apple's Photos app. All you have to do is make an edit to a photo, and it will be saved as a JPEG file. To convert a PNG to a JPEG file:

  1. Open the Photos app.

    Apple photos app
  2. Tap the photo you want to convert to JPEG format and tap Edit.

    tap edit to convert png with jpg
  3. Now, make any edits you want to the photo. The easiest way is to click the Auto Enhance icon, which looks like a magic wand. 

    tap the magic wand icon to convert png to jpg
  4. Tap Done to save your edits, and when you share the photo, it will be sent in JPEG format.

    tap done when finished with png to jpeg converter


How to Convert PNG to JPEG with the Convertio App

If you don't want to edit your PNG in the Photos app, you can still convert the file to a JPEG file on your iPhone, but you'll need to use a third-party app, website, or extension to do so. Feature Writer Olena Kagui uses Convertio. She says, "The Convertio website is my best friend, but you can only do ten files per day for free and have to upload and download them individually." This takes more steps than the Photos app method but is very easy once you get used to it. To use Convertio:

  1. Navigate to Convertio.co, tap Choose Files, and select PNG to JPEG below.

    online png converter
  2. Tap Photo Library.

    tap photo library to choose png to convert
  3. Tap the photo in your Photos app Library you want to convert.
  4. Tap Convert.

    tap convert to change png to jpeg
  5. Tap Download when conversion is complete.

    tap download to download png

The JPEG will download to your iPhone's Files app, so open the Files app, tap the Browse tab at the bottom of the screen, and tap Downloads to find your JPEG. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.