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Fix the JPEG “Invalid Image” Error Message

Manisha Rawat Manisha Rawat Published On - 08 Apr 2020

JPEG stands for ‘Joint Photographic Experts Group.’ It is a file format very popular among users. Sometimes, these images are a bundle of memories and happiness. Imagine, if you ever face a situation where you think you are going to lose your images, what will you do? You will try your level best to have them always there with you. Such a situation may arise when you try to open an image on your system, and you get an error message stating “Invalid image.” Well, don’t worry, we have got your back, and this blog will guide you through this problem.

Why you may face this error?

There is not one specific reason why this error occurs, there are several reasons and you will have to find which one is yours. Here we are going to mention a few of such reasons:

  • Virus attacks.
  • Bad sectors in hard disk which ultimately affects the stored JPEG files on your system.
  • Clicking images when the battery of the camera is drastically low.
  • Broken or corrupt JPEG file.

So these were the reasons why this error occurs and how you can avoid it. If this is not the error you are facing check Top 5 JPEG File Errors and Ways to Fix Them for a better information and solution.

How to fix this error?

As we have already discussed, there is no one specific reason why this error is showing up. Similarly, there is no one specific way to fix it too. Let’s discuss one by one what one can do in such situation and figure out what will work best for you:

  • Try opening the file with image editors
  • Don’t settle at one, but try to open that problematic image with multiple image editors. Sometimes, a file may not open with a specific editor, but may open with another. So, do give it a try.

  • Try converting the image format
  • If you are not able to open the JPEG file, try opening it after converting to a different file format. Sometimes, when you a get an image from different sources, you may not know the original format of the image. If the image was converted to JPEG format unsuccessfully, then this may happen. So better try converting the JPEG file format to another file format with the help of Paint or Adobe Photoshop. For this, you need to open JPEG image with any one of the tools mentioned, and save the file in PNG or BMP format.

  • Try opening JPEG image with an Internet Browser
  • If you are still unable to open the file, then you may try opening it with any reputed internet browser. For, this right click on the image and select Open with option, then select the browser to open the file. Once the file is opened in the browser, you can save the image from there, or you can also take a screenshot of the image and edit it with an image editing tool.

  • Unhide the file extension
  • Another way to fix the error is trying to unhide the file extension. Doing this will expose the real file extension and you can apply the same for the results. For this, follow the below-mentioned steps:

    • Start with going to the Control Panel.
    • Look for Appearance and Personalization category and click on it.
    • Click on File Explorer from there.
    • Select the View from the top and click on the Show Hidden files and Folders option.
    • Now, look for the Hide Extensions option and uncheck the box near it.
    • Finally, click on the Apply button to save the changes.
  • Fix image corruption with Kernel Photo Repair
  • As we have discussed above, one of the main reasons of this error is the corruption of the JPEG file. If you have tried all of the above-mentioned methods to fix the error and open the JPEG file on your system, but still unable to open that file, then there are high chances that the file you are trying to open is corrupt. The best way to fix a corrupt JPEG file is fixing it with Kernel Photo Repair, a reputed and highly popular image repairing tool in the market. This tool fixes corrupt, damaged or a broken image file in a fraction of time.

Conclusion:

This blog was all about how JPEG “Invalid Image” occurs and what approaches we may make to fix this error. In the attempt to fix this error, we tried several methods including using a third-party tool like Kernel Photo Repair to fix the corruption in the problematic JPEG file. If you know that the corruption was the reason behind this error (which is in most the cases), it is advised to use Kernel Photo Repair. For more on JPEG file corruption check 2020 Best Free Methods to Repair Corrupt JPEG Files. Hope this blog helped you with your problem.

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