JPEG Repair Mac: How to Repair Damaged JPEG Photos on Mac

Do you want to know more about JPEG repair Mac? This passage will introduce five available methods to help you repair corrupted or damaged JPEG photos on Mac. Using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to repair corrupted JPEG should be your first choice.

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Photo corruption is a common issue for Mac users. If you edit or transfer photos incorrectly, the photos may be damaged. JPEG repair on Mac is very important because JPEG and JPG files are widely used. How do you know the JPEG photos are corrupted or damaged? When you are trying to open a JPEG photo on Mac, error codes appear. Or your JPEG photos can be opened but appear in a weird condition.

Before JPEG repair on Mac, it is better to know why your photos get damaged on Mac:

  • 🔌Transformation failed. When you are using a card reader or a cable to copy JPEG photos to MacBook Air or Pro, it is possible that the connection suddenly breaks and the JPEG files are damaged.
  • 👿Blackmail viruses and malware attacks. It is to encounter JPEG file corruption when viruses infect your computer. It is also possible to lose JPEG photos because of a virus attack.
  • 🚫Bad sectors. The bad sectors can also cause corruption issues in your JPEG files, and you may encounter data loss when you find bad sectors on your hard drive.
  • ❌Wrong file extension. When you cannot open JPEG photos successfully, it may be because the JPEG file extension is incorrect.

It is necessary for Mac users to learn JPEG repair because they may encounter this issue someday. To help you solve JPEG corruption quickly, we will provide five possible solutions to perform JPEG repair on Mac.

Method 1. Use Software to Perform JPEG Repair Mac

The simplest way to repair corrupted JPEG files on Mac is by applying professional repair software. It is the best method for most Mac users when encountering tricky issues like JPEG damage. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help you recover lost data and repair damaged photos automatically, and it won't take too long to fix the corrupted photos on Mac.

This handy software supports recovery and repair; you'll need it when your JPEG files are deleted or damaged.

Now, you can follow the written tutorial to repair JPG photos on Mac:

Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. The software will extract the corrupted photos from the backup image and repair them. It can prevent further damage to your disk and data, making it safer and more reliable.

Step 1. Choose the drive

Select the disk location where you lost the corrupted photos. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Choose the drive and scan for lost photos

Step 2. Scan for corrupted photos

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected device and display the JPG/JPEG/PNG/BMP/GIF photos.

Scan for corrupted photos

Step 3. Repair and recover damaged pictures

In the scan results, select the photos to preview. If the image is corrupted, you cannot view it. The software will automatically repair the corrupted photos. Then, click the "Recover" button to recover the repaired photo files.

Repair and recover damaged pictures

Method 2. Update Photos App to Open JPEG Photo

Sometimes all the JPEG photos on Mac cannot be opened with the macOS Photos application because the Photos app needs to update. You can open JPEG photos after updating your Photos app to the latest version. You cannot update the Photos application individually and must perform the latest macOS update.

Step 1. To upgrade to the latest macOS version, click the "System Preferences" from the menu bar.

choose System Preferences from menu bar

Step 2. Click "Software Update". You'll see a red notice if you need to update your Mac.

click software update to update macOS

Step 3. Then it will automatically check the available updates. Click "Update Now" to upgrade to the latest macOS version.

click Update Now

Step 4. After updating, you can reopen your JPEG files with the Photo app.

Note: If you encounter some upgrading issues, such as macOS updating not showing up in the software update, check this page to learn more:

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Method 3. Change Photo Extension to Repair JPEG/JPG on Mac

If your JPEG photos are saved on Mac with the wrong file extensions, it is quite normal that you cannot open them. You may think they are damaged, but you just need to change the file extensions to the correct ones. Let us check how to change the photo extension to repair JPEG on Mac:

Step 1. Find the target folder and select the JPEG files that you cannot open.

Step 2. Right-click the JPEG photo and choose "Rename".

repair JPEG on Mac by changing file extension

Step 3. Change the file extension to .jpg and confirm your changes.

Change the file extension to .jpg

Note: Don't forget to share this tutorial with other Mac users who encounter JPEG corruption, just like you!


Method 4. JPEG Repair on Mac with Photos Repair Library Tool

Many Mac users don't know that there is a Photo Repair Library tool on the macOS base system. It is a handy hidden utility to help users fix unexpected issues in Photo Library. Creating a backup of your Photo Library is better to avoid data loss.

Step 1. Shut down the Photos application on Mac.

Step 2. Re-launch the Photos app and press Command + Option simultaneously.

Step 3. Click "Repair" to start the repair process of the Photo Library. Reopen your JPEG files when the repair is complete.

JPEG Repair on Mac with Photos Repair Library Tool

Method 5. Use Disk Utility to Fix JPEG Corruption on Mac

When you encounter some disk errors that cause your JPEG files cannot to be opened, you can fix disk errors in Mac Disk Utility. A repair option called First Aid can automatically check and fix disk errors. Let us find out how to repair errors with Disk Utility:

Step 1. Use the Spotlight to launch Disk Utility.

open Disk Utility with Spotlight

Step 2. After launching the Disk Utility, click the icon to show all devices on Mac.

show all devices in Disk Utility

Step 3. Choose the disk on which the corrupted JPEG files are located.

Step 4. Activate First Aid and click "Run". Then, this utility will repair disk errors automatically.

repair disk errors with First Aid


After running First Aid on your disk, you should check the JPEG files to see if everything is going right or not. To learn more information about how to repair Mac disks with Disk Utility, you can click this link to learn more.

To Wrap Up

After learning the five methods, you should know how to repair JPEG/JPG photos on Mac now. The first method should be the most convenient method, repairing corrupted JPEG photos on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. If you haven't downloaded this recovery tool yet, click the download button below for a free trial.

JPEG Repair Mac FAQs

There are four frequently asked questions and answers about JPEG repair on Mac:

1. How to repair JPEG by repairing Photo Library?

If you encounter JPEG corruption, repairing JPEG after repairing Photo Library on Mac is workable. You can use the following methods:

  1. 1. Use the Mac Photos Library Repair tool.
  2. 2. Rebuild Photo Library on Mac
  3. 3. Update Photo Library on Mac
  4. 4. Use Disk Utility to repair Photo Library

2. How to repair corrupted JPEG files on Mac?

You can use five methods to repair corrupted JPEG files on Mac:

  1. 1. Use software to perform JPEG repair on Mac
  2. 2. Update the Photos app to open JPEG photo
  3. 3. Change photo extension to repair JPEG/JPG on Mac
  4. 4. JPEG repair on Mac with the Photos Repair Library tool
  5. 5. Use Disk Utility to fix JPEG corruption on Mac

3. Why my JPEG photos cannot be opened on Mac?

Cannot open JPEG photos on Mac? There may have been specific problems or faults in your JPEG files, and there could be some faulty sectors on your storage device. Or there are times when unexpected power outages on your device impact your files.

4. How to recover deleted JPEG files on Mac?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac should be your first choice to recover deleted JPEG files on Mac:

  1. 1. Install the EaseUS JPEG recovery tool on Mac and select a folder or disk to scan.
  2. 2. You can choose photos to show all the deleted images on Mac.
  3. 3. Preview the lost JPEG files and click 'Recover'.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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