In the Photos , offers unlimited storage and is free of charge, for your photos and videos, by compressing the files to save disk space. However, the photos taken with the iPhone 7 or higher and saved in the format of HEIC does not go through the process of compression, and it will be saved in the original quality. This is a benefit missing in most Android devices, even the brand-new Pixel-4.
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The user stephenvsawyer of Reddit, you realize that the Photos don’t compress all the photos on the iPhone, which were taken in the format of HEIC. It is a standard that is adopted from the iOS-11 , which promises smaller file sizes compared to the traditional JPEG format, and the quality is similar to that of the image.
The youtube video has performed a test, and, in fact, the photos taken with an iPhone in the 8 Plus that are saved to the Photos in the format of HEIC with no compression. We have made a comparison of it with several different files, and the size of the iphone, ipad and in the cloud, it is always the same.
It is possible to see the file size of the Photos and pulling it out the top of the app to the phone, or by right-clicking on the “i” button in the web interface. To view the attributes of the photos on your iPhone, use it to the Metadata View, and the iOS doesn’t have a native viewer for the metadata, such as EXIF).
JPEG files and the videos are compressed in the Photos
We note, however, that the Photos will only maintain the quality of the files by HEIC. The images are not saved in the original quality if they are:
- received through WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps;
- saved for the web;
- shots of the screen.
This is because, in these cases, your file will have the extension JPG, or PNG format. For example, if you have a friend take a photo on your iPhone and send it to you for a Chat, it will be converted to the JPEG format, so, to be saved to the Photos, with the file on your mobile phone, you pass by the compression.
In addition to this, videos will be compressed by the Photos. Google says that if your resolution is Full-HD or lower, it will look close to the original. For videos with more than 1080p it will be scaled up to Full-HD.
Is it possible to save all the photos and videos with no compression by choosing the option ‘original Quality’ in the Photos, but it will count in your storage quota. It is 15 GB for free, shared between Photos, Drive and Gmail, if you go over this limit, you will be able to buy it through the Google One, and sells 100 gigabytes for$ 6,99 per month.
iPhone, iPad / iPad mini & Samsung Galaxy-S-10 you save photos on the HEIC
The HEIC (High-Efficiency Image-Coding), also known as the HEIF, and High Efficiency, the Image File Format is used by default on the following Apple devices:
- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus-or-later
- the iPad (6th generation)
- the iPad Air (3rd generation)
- the iPad mini (5th generation)
- the iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- the iPad Pro (11-inch)
- the iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch display (2nd generation) or later
Some Android devices like the Samsung-Galaxy-S-10, S-10+ and S10e– also you can save photos to the camera in the format of HEIC. It needs to be manually enabled:
- open the camera and tap the Settings (gear icon);
- scroll down a little bit on the list, and tap on the store;
- select the Photos by HEIF.
The Google Pixel, the original Pixel 2 and the Pixel 3 to have a storage of photos in the original size of the Photos, including the first generation, you receive the benefit for unlimited period of time. However, the Pixel 4 does not do this, only a three-month free of charge from the Google One.
The pictures on the HEIC is not always smaller than the JPEG
On Reddit, a user stephenvsawyer said that “if Google were to try to compress all the photos of HEIC of the iphone, they would be the greatest. This is not necessarily the case: we are using the online converter HEICtoJPEG to get the JPEG images from your photos, HEIC on the iPhone, and it has been able to reduce the size of the file, without changing any of the dimensions.
In the above example, the two files have a resolution of 3024 x 4032 and the horizontal and vertical resolution of 72 dots per inch. The difference is that the bit-depth of 32 in the HEIC, the 24th in the JPEG, but the image quality is basically the same.
That is, there is no room for your Photos-convert files to HEIC in JPEG to reduce the size of the. Why is this not the case? The user stephenvsawyer you have a very good guess: this will save the power of the computer, because Google doesn’t need to compress and process the billions of photos from the backup of iphone”.