How to Take JPEG Screenshots Instead of PNG Screenshots on iPhone

Your iPhone can save or share screenshots in JPEG format, provided you use this hidden trick.

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The default format for screenshots taken on an iPhone is PNG. However, there are cases where you might need a JPEG instead. Most users who need their iPhone screenshots in JPEG format will transfer their photos and convert them using a website or app.

Although it works, it takes time and some websites charge for image conversion. So, we are going to look at two simple tricks that turn your iPhone screenshots into JPEG images.

1. Crop the photo to get it in JPEG format

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The easiest way to turn a screenshot into a JPEG image is to crop it. If you crop an iPhone screenshot even a little, it converts to a JPEG image.

After taking the screenshot, you can crop the image and share it via email, AirDrop, or iMessage from the iOS Share Sheet. You can also crop the screenshot later in the Photos app, which will also convert it to a JPEG image.

Once you crop the image, it will be a JPEG image no matter how or where you share it.

2. AirDrop It Right After You Capture It

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You have another option if you want a JPEG iPhone screenshot but don’t want to crop it. Once you capture an image, you’ll have a brief moment to share it from the iOS preview screen. To get it on your Mac as a JPEG image, just drop it by AirDrop from the menu on your Mac.

It only works if you AirDrop it. If you send it by e-mail, it remains a PNG image. Also note that this trick only works from the preview screen; it won’t work from an existing screenshot in your Photos app.


Are JPEG images better than PNG images?

There are significant differences between JPEG images and PNG images, but it’s hard to say if one is better than the other. JPEG images are generally smaller, making it easier to store and share the image. It is also easy to further reduce the size of a JPEG. However, PNG images are of higher quality and can be transparent.

Either way, your needs may vary, so knowing how to convert iPhone screenshots to JPEG images can be helpful if you want to avoid wasting time with conversion software.

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