How to reduce file size of photos and videos on Galaxy S10

Starting with flagships Galaxy S9 and S9+ and continuing with the Galaxy S10 models (S10, S10+, and S10e), Samsung introduced a way to help significantly reduce file size photos and videos using High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) and High Efficiency Video coding (HEVC) formats. These formats take less storage space compared to standard photos and videos formats. In some cases, the reduction is size can even go as high as 50%.

If you’re currently running out of storage space, using any or both formats might be a good solution. (The other good alternative is to stick with the stardard formats but move your photos and videos to a microSD card).

The one thing that prevents HEIF and HEVC from being embraced fully by Samsung is the fact that some devices do not support them at this time. Thus, Samsung also provides an option to allow you to convert your HEIF and HEVC files to standard ones before you send or share them. Thankfully, the conversion process is really easy and does not require any skill. Just follow the instructions and you should be good to go.

How to reduce file size of photos on Galaxy S10

  1. Open Camera app.
  2. Tap the Settings button at the top left corner (the gear icon).
  3. Scroll down a bit and tap Save options under the Pictures section.
  4. Enable the HEIF pictures photo option.

That’s it! All photos taken by your Galaxy S10 camera will now have the .heic extension instead of .jpg. Since not all operating systems support HEIC format, Samsung provides an option to convert high efficiency photo to standard JPG image. If you want to do that, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Gallery app.
  2. Tap More options (the three-dot button on the top right)
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu to find and enable the Convert HEIF images when sharing option.

Congratulations! You now know how to convert high efficiency photo back to JPG or JPEG. Also, from now on, everytime you try to share a HEIF photo from Gallery app, your Galaxy S10 will convert the image to JPEG before sending.

How to reduce file size of videos on Galaxy S10

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the Settings button at the top left corner (the gear icon).
  3. Tap Advanced recording options.
  4. Enable the High efficiency video option.

That’s it! All vides captured using your phone’s camera will now be in HEVC format. Like HEIC, HEVC compresses the file size of the video to a smaller one but it will not be readable by Windows operating system. The good news is, there’s no need for you to convert your vidoes manually if you’re sending it to a non-Windows devices like another Android, iOS, or macOS since HEVC and standard videos use the same file extension — .mp4. Most smartphones, tablets, and non-Windows computers support HEVC .

If you want to view HEVC  videos in a Windows device, there’s a separate set of steps that you should do.

How to view high-efficiency images and videos on Windows

There are two methods to allow a Windows computer read HEIF and HEVC formats. One is by using a plugin from the Microsoft Store, and the other is by using a third party video player that supports these formats by default like VLC.

If you want to get the plug in for HEIF:

  1. On your Windows computer, open a web browser.
  2. Click this link to visit the official download page for HEIF Image Extensions.
  3. Click the Get button.
  4. Follow instructions to download and install the plugin.

If you want to get the plug in for HEVC Video Extensions:

  1. On your Windows computer, open a web browser.
  2. Click this link to visit the official download page for HEIF Image Extensions.
  3. Click the Get button.
  4. Follow instructions to download and install the plugin.

 

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