It’s very convenient to use AirDrop technology and send images from your iPhone or iPad to Mac. But you may have noticed that with the release of iOS 15, the image format may change during transfer. For example, you sent a PNG file from your smartphone, but after AirDrop on your Mac, this file will be in JPG format.
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This situation sometimes causes inconvenience, because such a conversion is not always necessary for the user. We will show you how you can transfer images from iPhone to Mac in their original format, with original quality, all Exif data and all parameters.
How to prevent iPhone from converting images before sending?
Turn on All Image Data before AirDrop transfers images
Let’s say you are taking screenshots on your iPhone for a collage. The pictures are then AirDrop-dragged to the MacBook for further compositing. Initially, everything worked correctly, but after updating iOS to version 15.1, users began to notice that PNG transferred from a smartphone are displayed on a computer in JPG format. Not only does this lead to a deterioration in the quality of the pictures, it also loses transparency – it is replaced by a white background.
Users tried several methods, eventually finding an acceptable solution. Of course, performing these steps every time you send images via AirDrop is not very convenient. But it is worth hoping that in the next updates Apple will correct this defect. For now, here’s how you can ensure that the images are delivered in their original quality and format:
1. Run the application “Photo»And select an image.
2. Tap the export icon “Share this“.
3. Tap the option “Options“.
4. Now the most important thing is to activate the option “All snapshot data“And confirm your choice with the button”Ready“.
5. Click AirDropto transfer the image in its original format and with all data.
The disadvantages of this method include the fact that the image is transferred to the Mac in a folder.
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Bonus tip: use Image Capture to capture images from iPhone to Mac in their original format
Image Capture is a simple yet very handy macOS application from Apple and comes preinstalled on all Mac computers. In fact, this tool is quite often used by users to transfer images between iPhone (iPad) and Mac, when AirDrop for some reason does not work as it should, when you need to transfer a lot of pictures or problems like this appear with the replacement of the format. Here’s how you can use Image Capture to transfer images from iPhone to Mac in their original quality and format.
1. Connect iPhone to Mac using a cable.
2. Launch the program on the Mac Image Capture…
3.Use your passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID to unlock your iPhone.
4. Pictures from your smartphone will appear in the “Image Capture” application window. Select one of them, or hold down ⌘Command and select multiple items.
5. It remains to press “Download”… The selected images will soon appear in the Downloads folder on your Mac.
Now you have learned how to transfer images from your iPhone to Mac without quality degradation or format changes. Remember that these methods also allow you to preserve EXIF data, which can reveal details such as the coordinates of the image, the date, and more. Therefore, take this into account if you want to hide such information before sending the image to someone.
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Bonus tip: take photos on iPhone as JPG instead of HEIF
Starting with iOS 11, all photos taken on iPhone are saved in HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) format by default. Its advantage is a much smaller size compared to the already classic JPG. However, not all devices, operating systems, applications and websites support the new format.
But nothing prevents you from reconfiguring your iPhone to shoot in JPG format, instead of the modern, but having problems with HEIF compatibility. To do this, open the Settings app, select the section Camera and go to the menu Formats… Check the box next to the option Most Compatible…