When in gallery and sharing an image via Gmail, it gets converted to a JPG file instead of staying as an HEIC image.

Is there any way to have this behave differently?

  • Workaround: share via Mail.app?
    – JBallin
    Nov 26, 2021 at 20:38

1 Answer 1


A bit roundabout but possible:

  1. From gallery, select the photos > tap Share > Save to Files.

  2. Go to Files app > tap More (3-dots icon) > Select > select the photos > tap More (3-dots) > Compress. This will zip them.

  3. Attach the zip file to Gmail and send. The recipient can download and unzip it to get HEIC images.

  • Where is the Files app? How can I open it? Mar 2, 2022 at 13:14
  • Files is Apple's file management app on iOS devices.
    – MacEater
    Mar 6, 2022 at 7:50

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