How to Reduce Photo File Size on iPhone and Mac

Many websites have restrictions on uploading images, such as photos or documents. Such a practice exists for websites to maintain a large database of photos without affecting the overall website performance. So if you are trying to upload a photo or a photocopy of a document, you can reduce the file size right from your iPhone and Mac.

With better cameras, the file size of photos and scans of documents has also decreased dramatically. These images are suitable for printing purposes. When it comes to sharing, you need to reduce the photo file size for a quick upload or transfer process. If you’ve transferred these photos from Android to iPhone or Mac and you want to reduce the image size, read on to learn how to do it.

Reduce the file size of the photo on iPhone

There is no native way to reduce photo file size on iPhone. You can’t even see the photo file size in the standard Photos app. You need to save photos in the Apple Files app to see the size. Let’s see how to reduce image file size on iPhone.

1. Change the camera’s recording format

The most common form of image and video formats can be the reason why your camera images take up so much space. Apple introduced the new High-Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) format as an option over JPEG. HEIC offers high quality images in a smaller size. Follow the steps below to change the camera’s recording format.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Camera section.

Step 3: Navigate to Formats and select High Efficiency from the menu below.

Change the format in the camera

That’s it. Now Apple is going to use the HEIC format to take space saving pictures and reduce the photo file size. However, these images still weigh a few megabytes in weight. To reduce it further, you’ll need to use a third-party app.

2. Use the picture size app

As the name suggests, the Image Size app allows you to quickly and easily resize an image to any size you want. You can specify the output format using one of the following four units of measurement: pixels, millimeters, centimeters, and inches. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Download the image size app from the link below.

Step 2: Open the app and allow it to access the library.

Step 3: Select the photo from the Photos app.

Step 4: Choose Pixels from the menu above and enter the desired width and height for the photo.

Image size app

Image size reduced

Step 5: Use the Save, Share, Email, or Print option below to export the image.

We like how the app offers live data with reduced file size before you save the image.

3. Submit pictures to yourself WhatsApp or Telegram

Have you noticed that most social media file sizes are smaller than typical files? If you upload and re-download an image on social media, the size will decrease drastically. You can apply this method to both photos and videos to reduce their size on your iPhone.

We have seen many users who a. have created WhatsApp Group with only one member – Self.

WhatsApp-Create a group

Open minded WhatsApp Create a group on your iPhone and send photos to yourself. You can either save them from WhatsApp on the iPhone or use the WhatsApp Desktop app on Mac to download images in reduced size.

Reduce the file size of the photo on Mac

The process is less complicated on the Mac. The reason for this is the built-in ability to reduce image file size on Mac. You can also change the image file type using the default image viewer app on Mac. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Send photos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop, or opt for iCloud, Google Photos, or OneDrive.

Step 2: Open the picture using the standard picture preview on Mac.

Step 3: Go to File in the menu bar.

Step 4: Choose Export from the following menu.

Export photo

Step 5: macOS will ask you to choose the location and file type. Below the file type option there is a slider to reduce the image size.

Reduce the picture size on Mac

Step 6: Slide it down based on your needs and the operating system will calculate the approximate file size for you.

Click the Save button when you’re done.

Compress pictures on iPhone and Mac

You can use the standard Mac method to reduce the image size. It works just fine and doesn’t require any third-party app intervention to get things done.

Did you find another way to reduce the file size? Share your preference in the comment section below.

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