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How to convert a JFIF file to JPG on Windows or Mac

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On Windows, open the JFIF file in Paint and choose File > Save As. Select “JPEG Image”, choose a location for the file and save it. On Mac, open the JFIF file in Preview. Go to File, hold down the Option key and select “Save As”. Choose “JPEG” and save.

Although JFIF files are very similar to JPG files, JPG files are more commonly used. If you come across a JFIF file that you need to convert, the process is simple to complete. Here, we will explain how to convert from JFIF to JPG quickly.

What is a JFIF image?

JFIF is not as widely recognized as JPG or PNG. Although commonly used in digital photography and its creation, this image format is a variation of the JPEG format. It is a bitmap graphic that uses JPEG image compression.

The problem for many is uploading or using an image with the JFIF file extension. To do this, you will need to convert it to a JPG file, which is more widely accepted.

You can convert the JFIF file to JPEG on Windows and Mac using built-in applications or an online file converter. We’ll see.

Note: The terms “JPG” and “JPEG” are interchangeable. We will use both throughout this guide.

How to convert JFIF to JPG on Windows

You can convert JFIF to JPG on Windows with Paint or Photos app.

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Use paint on Windows

To open the image in Paint, right-click on it, move to Open With and choose “Paint” from the pop-up menu.

Paint in the context menu Open with

When the image appears in the app, select File > Save As. You can choose the JPEG image format on the right, or click the Save As button and choose JPEG from the Save as type dropdown box.

Save as JPEG image in the Paint File menu

In the Save As dialog, choose the location of the saved image, optionally edit the name, and click “Save.”

Save As dialog box for Paint on Windows

Advice: You can also use Microsoft Paint 3D to convert the file to a 2D JPG image.

Use photos in Windows

To use the Photos app, right-click the image, go to Open With, and select “Photos.”

Photos in the Open With context menu

When the image opens in the app, click the three-dot menu at the top of the image. Then select “Save As.”

Save As in the Photos menu See more

In the Save As dialog box, choose “JPG” or “JPEG” from the Save As Type drop-down box. Optionally adjust the name, choose a location to save the file and click “Save”.

Save As dialog box for Photos in Windows

How to convert JFIF to JPEG on Mac

You can convert JFIF to JPG using Mac’s built-in preview application. First, you’ll need to open the JFIF file in Preview.

Right click on the file, go to Open With and select “Preview” from the pop-up menu. If you don’t see Preview as an option for this type of file, double-click the file.

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You will get a popup message that there is no application to open the document. Select “Choose Application”.

Choose Application in the macOS alert box

When the Applications folder opens, select “All apps” from the Enable dropdown box in the bottom section. Then choose “Preview” from the list and choose “Open”.

All apps selected to show Preview as an option on Mac

Your JFIF image should open in Preview. Go to File in the menu bar, hold down the Option key, and then select “Save As” when it appears.

Save As in the Preview File menu

In the Save As dialog box, select “JPEG” in the Format drop-down box. Optionally, you can use the slider to adjust the quality.

Click “Save” and your image will be saved as a JPEG.

Save As dialog box for Preview on Mac

Note: While you can simply rename the JFIF file extension to JPG, following the conversion processes above will ensure that the resulting file is a valid JPG.

Convert JFIF to JPG on the Web

An alternative option to convert one type of file to another is an online file converter. While you may not like this method due to privacy concerns, it’s still an option worth mentioning if you’re interested.

You’ll find plenty of file converters online that can get the job done. For this tutorial, we will use CloudConvert. On this site, you can adjust your conversion result if you want. You have options to change dimensions, choose quality, and remove metadata.

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Go directly to the CloudConvert JFIF to JPG converter or visit the CloudConvert home page and choose “JFIF” and “JPG” from the file format dropdown boxes.

File format selection in CloudConvert

Click the Choose File button to upload the image from your device or use the dropdown arrow to choose a different location.

Select file options in CloudConvert

Select the wrench icon to optionally adjust width, height, fit, quality, and strip settings. Click “OK” when finished.

Image adjustment options in CloudConvert

Then choose “Convert”.

Convert button in CloudConvert

After a few moments, you will see your converted file. Choose “Download” to get the file, and then visit your default downloads folder to open the image.

Download button in CloudConvert

Now that you know how to convert JFIF to JPEG, you can see how to convert MOV video to MP4 file or how to convert WMA file to MP3.


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