If you are familiar with Apple’s ecosystem, you may be aware of the fact that it stores images in a file with the .heic extension. This is the default image format used in Apple devices. These files can only be opened in the iOS platform, not others such as Windows (at least by default in older versions). Today, we will talk about how to open HEIC files on Windows, and will also explain an easy way to convert HEIC to JPG format. So, let’s get straight into it.

Note: If you have upgraded your Windows 10 to April 2018 Update, you can double-click on the HEIC file to open it in Photos App and follow the instructions.

What is the HEIC File format?

A file with .heic extension stores HEIF or High-Efficiency Image File. The file format allows storing multiple images in one single HEIC file. This proprietary image file format is for iDevice users and developed by the Moving pictures expert group.

HEIC format became mainstream when Apple announced it as the default format for images on iOS 11 devices and macOS High Sierra. Since then, a HEIC file is mainly used in Apple devices. It also became a major drawback of the file format as it restricts the user from viewing the image on other platforms such as Windows. Android, etc. There are some other drawbacks of this image file format, let’s discuss them below.

The Need to Convert HEIC Format File to Standard Image Format

The major limitation of the HEIC file is platform dependency which means you can only open it on an iOS device. For viewing HEIC files on other platforms, you need to convert them into other image formats such as JPG. Let’s talk about some other limitations of the HEIC format.

  1. There can be a scenario where the user gets some HEIC image as an email attachment on a Windows operating email account. They can’t open it directly which can leave the user irritated at some point.
  2. At present time, the population of Android users is more than iPhone. It means if someone shares a HEIC image on Android, one can’t open it due to compatibility issues.
  3. HEIC format is not much familiar to people than JPG. It is why people prefer to save images in JPG or JPEG most of the time. JPG format is completely platform-independent and easy-to-manage.

Now, let’s talk about a manual process to open HEIC files on Windows without any limitation.

How to Open HEIC Files on Windows

There are two ways you can open HEIC images in Windows. The first is to install download relevant software on your system and the second is to convert the HEIC image in JPG. We have mentioned the detailed procedure for each in the following sections, follow the steps as per the need.

Open HEIC format in Windows 10 Directly

You may rarely find a manual and reliable solution to view HEIC files in Windows. We recommend you use installing two Microsoft codecs – HEIF Image Extensions and HEVC video extension on your system. After the download gets completed, follow the set of instructions.

  1. First of all, go to the HEIF Image Extensions Microsoft store page.
  2. Tap on the Get button and launch the HEIF Image Extensions codec.
  3. Similarly, go to the HEVC video extension page, click on the Buy button to complete the purchase process.
  4. Once both the extensions are installed, restart your computer or laptop.
  5. Now, try opening any HEIC file. It should open in the Photos app. In case you see a pop-up window asking you to select a program to open the file, select the Photos app, check the box next to “always use this application to open the HEIC file” and that’s it.

That’s it. In these few steps, you can open the HEIC format on your Windows system without any trouble. Now, let’s move on to the process of HEIC to JPG conversion method.

Convert HEIC file to JPG for free

The most reliable way to convert HEIC images into JPG is using the iMazing HEIC Converter. It is completely free and comes with a user-friendly interface. The software allows you to convert a bulk HEIC file to JPG without any hassle.

First of all, download iMazing HEIC converter from the Windows store.

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2. Launch the application, select Open File and choose the file for conversion. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the HEIC file directly into the iMazing HEIC Converter interface.

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3. Choose the required saving option such as (JPEG or PNG), use the quality slider to adjust the output quality, and then select Convert.

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4. You can specify the output destination (if you want). Then, click on OK to start the conversion.

5. Now, Tap on Show File to open the converted file. You can also select OK to go back and convert the HEIC file again.

Alternatively, If you have both the HEIC image extension codec and the HEVC video installed, you can also use the Photos app to convert HEIC files to JPG. While viewing the image, open Edit and create Menu and select edit to use the copy option. In this process, batch HEIC image to JPG conversion not possible.

If you need to convert HEIC files to JPEG for one time only, you can use websites like heictojpg to get the job done.

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I hope the above guide helped you open the HEIC file on Windows OS or convert them to JPG. It is a simple and quick DIY process.


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