After the iOS 11 Upgrade :: Choose your file formats

by Volker Weber


iOS 11 uses new container formats for photos and videos. For the time being I prefer the old more ubiquitous formats, although they are larger. Set in Settings/Camera/Formats.


Just for the records: This might only be relevant for newer iPhone and iPad models. My iPhone 6 Plus (no "s" included), my iPad Air and my old iPad Pro (9.7) do not show this option, my newer iPad Pro 10.5 does show it.

Jonas Rathert, 2017-09-20 11:30

This setting is available starting with iPhone 7.
iPhone 6s or newer (A9 CPU or newer) can read (decode) the new formats.

Paul Neuhaus, 2017-09-20 11:50

What would be the reason to do this?

Thomas Einwaller, 2017-09-20 12:02

I would like to have a tool to convert my fotos library into the new format.

Karl Heindel, 2017-09-20 12:02

@Karl: Conversion from lossy (JPG) to lossy (HEIF) formats degrades image quality, therefore no automatic conversion of old files is done. But if you dont care, there soon might be some tools, I guess.

Chris Rolle, 2017-09-20 12:23

And which one ist the standard setting after upgrading to iOS 11?

Manfred Wiktorin, 2017-09-20 12:31

The new formats, starting with iPhone 7.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-20 12:37


I don't want to loose image quality. I do have over 80.000 pictures in my library, so that was a chance to reduce the amout of space on the harddrive and in icloud.

The new photos in heif format are much more smaller than the jpegs before.

Karl Heindel, 2017-09-20 14:27

On both, iPhone 7 and iPad Pro 2 10,5" after upgrading to iOS 11 this was set to "Most Compatible" for me. Either the default isn't really HEIF/HEVC or it depends on the rest of devices that participate in your iCloud Photo Library.

Christian Gut, 2017-09-20 16:03

I wasn´t able to play videos recorded in HEVC in an iPhone 7 (1080p/60) on my MBP using VLC without issues. Everytime I used FF it took seconds before the artefacts were gone. Not sure if a VLC setting was messed up but this annoyed the hell out of me.

Bastian Anthon, 2017-09-22 13:38

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