4 best ways to convert PNG to JPG on iPhone and iPad

PNG images can have an advantage over JPEGs in terms of image quality. But the PNG format simply can’t beat the widespread compatibility and smaller file sizes that JPG brings to the table. However, converting them on an iPhone may seem like a difficult task, but it’s not that complicated.

If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, you’re sure to find your fair share of PNG – especially those generated by screenshots. But iOS and iPadOS don’t offer any ready way to convert PNG to JPG.

Do not worry. We have found four best ways to convert PNG images to JPG format. Let’s see them.

1. Edit and save the image

Make a simple modification of the PNG image you want to convert and it should automatically be saved in JPG format. Using the automatic wand tool is the quickest way to get the job done. But if you want to keep the image visually intact, you can use the rotate tool instead.

Step 1: Open the image you want to convert in the Photos app. Then tap the Edit option in the upper right corner of the screen.

2nd step: Tap the Magic Wand icon – which should automatically change the image. Tap Done.

Note: If you choose to rotate the image (press the Crop icon to access the rotation tool), you must save it twice to return the image to its original orientation.

The Photos app will then replace the original PNG image with a JPG version. However, the application does not allow you to check the file format of the image. If you want to confirm, copy and paste the image into the Files app.

That said, this method is only useful for point instances. The following method works best for converting batches of images.

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2. Create a shortcut

If the Shortcuts app is installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily create a shortcut that will convert PNG to JPG.

It will take several steps to get the job done. But compared to the above method, you can not only convert multiple images at once, but you can also keep the original PNG copies intact.

Point: Before you start, consider creating a new album from the Photos – Photos> Albums> Add> New Album application. Name it “JPG” (or something like that). In this way, you can configure the shortcut to save the converted files in this album, which makes it easier to locate them later.

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Switch to the My Shortcuts tab, then tap Create shortcut.

2nd step: Tap Add action. On the next screen, tap Apps.

Step 3: Tap Photos, then scroll down and tap Select Photos.

Step 4: Expand the Select photos action (press Show more) and activate the toggle next to Select several.

Step 5: Press ‘+’ to start adding a new action. Since the application displays the same selection screen linked to the previous action, press ‘x’ twice in the upper right corner to return to the main selection area.

Step 6: Tap Media. Scroll to the Images section, and then tap Convert image.

Step 7: Expand the Convert image action (press Show more). Set the output quality and specify if you want to keep the metadata.

Note: The Convert image action should by default be “Convert photos to JPEG”. If it displays a different output format, be sure to select JPEG instead.

Step 8: Press ‘+’ to add a new action. Press ‘x’ once to exit the selection screen linked to the previous action and in the main selection area.

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Step 9: Tap Photos, then scroll down and tap Save to photo album.

Step 10: Tap Recents in the Save to Photo Album action. Select an album in the Photos app to save the converted images. Skip this step if you do not want to select a particular album.

Step 11: Tap on Next. Enter a name for the shortcut and tap Done to complete the creation.

Step 12: Tap the newly created shortcut in the Shortcuts app. When prompted, select the images you want to convert, and then tap Done.

Step 13: Wait for the shortcut to convert the images – the shortcut thumbnail will indicate progress. Once the conversion is complete, go to the corresponding album in the Photos app to check the converted images.

In addition to accessing the shortcut via the Shortcuts app, you can also run it via the Shortcuts widget (go to Today View) and Siri.

3. Convert with the application

If you don’t like editing or saving images or spending time creating a shortcut, you can use a third-party conversion tool in the App Store to get the job done.

Warning: Third-party applications can pose privacy and security concerns. Avoid converting sensitive images.

Here’s how to convert PNG images to JPG format using a decent image conversion utility called JPEG, PNG, Image File Converter.

Step 1: Download and install JPEG, PNG, Image File Converter.

2nd step: Open the tool and tap Upload photo. Tap OK when prompted to allow the app to access the Photos app.

Step 3: Appuyez sur Convertir et enregistrer, puis sur Enregistrer au format JPEG.

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That should save the image to the Photos app in the JPG format. Feel free to also try out other conversion utilities from the App Store — search for PNG to JPG will reveal a lot of apps.

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4. Convert with Online Tool

You can also use an online conversion tool to convert PNG images to the JPG format. However, do not upload sensitive images for conversion since it’s impossible to tell where your images may wind up.

Step 1: Go to an online conversion tool such as CloudConvert or Zamzar. Make sure that the appropriate input and output formats (PNG to JPG) are selected, and then upload the images that you want to convert.

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2nd step: Tap Convert, and then download the converted images afterward.

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You can access the downloaded images via the browser’s download manager or the Files app.

Shortcut Takes the Cake

For one-off instances, making a simple edit and saving the image should do the job just fine. But if you plan on converting PNGs to JPGs regularly, it’s well worth spending time creating a shortcut since that will let you process multiple images in record time.

Yes, you can use third-party conversion tools. But they are best reserved for generic images and not for the sensitive stuff.


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Last updated on April 18, 2020


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