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How to Open and View HEIC Files on Windows (10/11) PC

Learn how to open and view HEIC photos on Windows (10/11) PC. Best HEIC viewer and converter for Windows allows you to easily open HEIC file and convert HEIC to JPG.

Q 1: An HEIC (.heic) photo isn't opening on my Windows PC. Help!
Q 2: When can Windows 10 add support for HEIC format pictures? I can't open my new iPhone photos on Windows 10 PC.

Look for support for HEIC and wonder how to open and view HEIC files on Windows system? In this post, you can check what is HEIC, what systems and applications can support HEIC file, which is the best HEIC file viewer for Windows (10/11), how to easily view and open HEIC photos in Windows (10) PC, how to convert HEIC to JPG, and how to avoid your iPhone saving photos in HEIC format, etc.

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About HEIC

1. What is HEIC?

HEIC or HEIF, short for High Efficiency Image File Format, is an image file format for individual images and image sequences. It was originally developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

Apple added support for HEIC/HEIF in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra which are released in September 2017. It is designed to optimize iPhone iPad storage, since HEIC format compresses photos more efficiently and only takes half the space of JPEG with the same image quality. By default, iOS 11 devices with A9 and newer processors will capture images using HEIC compression with extension .heic instead of .jpg.

2. HEIC advantages and disadvantages

HEIC can store multiple photos in one file, and supports transparency, 16-bit color and storing image edits.

Though capturing photos in HEIC can save much space of iPhone iPad, right now many devices, operating systems, or applications are not compatible with HEIC yet. Many photo editors like Photoshop, Windows own Photos app cannot open and view HEIC picture.

3.What devices can view and open HEIC?

To open HEIC files, your device must run in a HEIC supported system and have a HEIC viewer application.

Up to now, iOS 11 and macOS Mojave/High Sierra or later support viewing and opening HEIC (.heic) photos, while all Windows systems, iOS 10 or lower, macOS Sierra (10.12) or lower, all Android devices and most photo applications cannot view or open HEIC photos.

Best HEIC Viewer, HEIC to JPG Converter for Windows (10) – WinX MediaTrans

Although HEIC isn't natively supported by Windows system, you can easily open and view HEIC iPhone photos on Windows (10) PC by using WinX MediaTrans. WinX MediaTrans, as the best Windows (10) HEIC viewer and HEIC to JPG converter, enables you to flawlessly open HEIC files on Windows (10) PC and view HEIC on Windows with no hassle, as well as allows you to export and convert iPhone HEIC photos to JPG format.

Aside from viewing HEIC and converting HEIC to JPG, WinX MediaTrans also acts as the best iTunes alternative for Windows (10/11), capable of transferring photos, music, videos, movies, eBooks, ringtones and many more from computer to iPhone iPad iPod or in reverse at ultrafast speed without any data loss. The tool is remarked as best HEIC viewer, HEIC to JPG converter, PC-iPhone/iPad/iPod transfer software, video to MP4 converter, audio to MP3/AAC converter, DRM remover, free iPhone ringtone maker, iPhone music editor, eBook converter, etc.

Free download and install WinX MediaTrans (100% secure) on Windows 11/10/8/7, etc. and follow the guide below to open and view HEIC photos on Windows computer, and easily convert HEIC to JPG if you need.

How to Open and View HEIC Files on Windows (10) with WinX MediaTrans

Step 1: Launch WinX MediaTrans and connect your iPhone with PC via USB cable.

Step 2: Click "Photo Transfer" button. You can see all your iPhone photos are displayed in this plate. Double click one photo in HEIC extension and WinX MediaTrans can then open and preview this HEIC photo on Windows (10/11) PC.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Windows 10 with WinX MediaTrans

Step 1: Run WinX MediaTrans and plug-in iPhone into computer via USB cable.

Step 2: Click "Photo Transfer" on the main interface. Select the iOS 12/11 iPhone HEIC photos, and then click the "Export" down-arrow icon and click "Export HEIC to JPG" option to rightly transfer iPhone HEIC photos to PC and convert HEIC to JPG in the meanwhile in a flash.

After that, you can open, view and edit the converted JPG images with more programs and devices.

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How to Stop iPhone Saving Photos in HEIC Format

Turn on your iPhone and open the Settings app -> Scroll down to find Camera -> Tap Camera and then tap on Formats -> You can see High Efficiency is selected by default. Click Most Compatible option and your iPhone will capture photos saved in JPEG format.

Set iPhone to Capture Photo in JEPG instead of HEIC

Still have some trouble about how to open and view HEIC on Windows (10) or convert HEIC to JPG? Please feel free to Mail Us >>

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF/HEIC) - Wiki: It is a file format for individual images and image sequences. It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is defined by MPEG-H Part 12 (ISO/IEC 23008-12). The HEIF specification also defines the means of storing High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC)-encoded intra images and HEVC-encoded image sequences in which inter prediction is applied in a constrained manner...


Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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