Easy Way to Open HEIC Files in Windows

Last updated on August 15, 2018 by Trafalgar Law

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Easy Way to Open HEIC Files in Windows

The new Apple operating system, iOS 11, now saves images in the HEIC format to conserve space. The issue here is that he HEIC format is not supported by Windows, which makes opening these images on your PC or laptop a challenge. If you have ever come across such problems, you can now refer to this article about the HEIC introduction and the way to open HEIC files in Windows.

What is HEIC File?

Moving photos over from your iPhone to your computer will result in many HEIC files showing up on your PC.

HEIC files

Apple introduced the HEIC file format with the release of iOS 11. If you have an iPhone or iPad with an A9 processor or newer, which you will find in iPhone 6, iPad 9.7, and newer devices, you will be able to save images in the High Efficiency Image Format. This is essentially the still version of the HEVC video format.

Apple have not created a proprietary product with HEIC, as the format was actually developed by MPEG, perhaps with an eye to replacing the JPG format.

While some are confused that the format is called HEIC instead of HEIF, there is no confusion about the benefits of the format.

Here are some of the positives with the HEIC format:

  • Better quality at about half the size of a JPG
  • Multiple photos can be stored as a single file
  • Much like GIF files, transparency is supported
  • Image edits can be stored so that you can undo them later, of need be
  • 16-bit color is supported, which is better than the 8-bit JPG

HEIC comes in very handy for Live Photos, which you get by long pressing when taking a picture. The end result is a short video that plays like a moving photo.

How to Open an HEIC File?

If you double-click on an HEIC file in Windows 10, you will be greeted by the message seen below:
 Open an HEIC File

At this point, there are no photo editors, Photoshop included that support HEIC files. The same rules apple with the Photos app in Windows. While this can make things tricky, there are free apps available – HEIC to JPG and iMazing HEIC – that will convert your HEIC files to JPG.

If you decide to use iMazing Convertor, you can drag and drop your files into the app for conversion to either JPG or PNG. You also get to choose the output folder.

If you don’t want to download and install an app, you can use HEIC to JPG online. This great site lets you batch convert up to 30 files at a time.

Your files will be converted and optimized automatically, but the one downside is that you need to download each image individually.

1. How to Use iMazing HEIC Converter

iMazing HEIC converter

A great way to turn your HEIC files into JPG files is to use a great photo convertor like iMazing HEIC Convertor. You can get this app for free by heading over to their official website. Once the program has been installed, you can drag and drop your HEIC files into the program’s interface. The process is easy to follow, as a thumbnail of each image will be displayed. The next step is to choose the file format you want to convert to, after which you click on “Convert” to begin the process. The conversion begins immediately after that click, but the conversion time depends on the number of files that you are working on.

2. How to Use HEIC to JPG Online Converter


If you would sooner convert HEIC files to JPG online, then this web-based program is for you. All you need to use this one is a PC or laptop and an internet connection. Once your HEIC files have been added to your computer, all you need to do is drag and drop them into the website interface. Conversion begins the moment you drop the files on the site. Once the conversion process is complete, simply select the converted JPG files you want and download them onto your hard drive.

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