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How to open HEIC files in Windows (or convert them to JPEG)

Apple iPhone and iPad now take photos in the HEIF image format, and these photos have the .HEIC file extension. Windows doesn’t support HEIC files natively, but there is a way to view them anyway, or convert them to standard JPEG.

Windows 10 (April 2018 Update)

Windows 10s April 2018 Update makes it easy to install HEIC file support.

If you’ve upgraded to this version of Windows 10, you can double-click a HEIC file to open the Photos app. Click the Download codecs at Microsoft Store in the Photos app.

The Store app will open to the HEIF Image Extensions page. Click the Get button to download and install the free codecs on your PC.

You can now open HEIC files like any other image; just double click on them and they will open in the Photos app. Windows will also display heic to jpg image thumbnails in File Explorer.

How to open HEIC files in Windows

Instead of messing around with conversion tools, we recommend that you simply download and install CopyTrans HEIC for Windows . This tool adds full support for HEIC images to Windows. You’ll see thumbnails of HEIC files in File Explorer in Windows 10 (or Windows Explorer in Windows 7), and they’ll open in the standard Windows Photo Viewer. With this tool installed, you will also be able to insert HEIC files directly into Microsoft Office applications.

While you have to install this third-party software to view HEIC files, it doesn’t seem like you’re using a third-party app afterwards. It’s as if Windows has always supported these images: just double-click a .HEIC file to open it.

If you don’t see the thumbnails after installing this software, you may need to restart your PC or at least sign out and sign in again.

This tool also allows you to right-click on a .HEIC file and select Convert to JPEG to convert it to a JPEG file. Click on this option and you will get a .JPEG version of the image automatically placed in the same folder.

JPEG files are more compatible, so this also allows you to share that HEIC image with someone else, or import it into an app that supports JPEG images but not HEIC files.How to convert HEIC files to JPEG

If you don’t want to install any software,

 you can always use an online conversion tool. Just upload the .HEIC file and you can download a .JPEG.

Warning : While the website below worked perfectly for us, we strongly recommend against uploading private photos (or documents or videos) to online tools for conversion. If the photo has sensitive content, it is better to leave it on your PC. On the other hand, if the photo wouldn’t be interesting to anyone snooping around, there’s no real concern about uploading it to an online service. This is a general recommendation with any type of file. For example, we recommend that you also do not upload PDF files containing sensitive business or financial data to PDF conversion services.

If you just want a quick conversion, head over to heictojpg.com and upload up to 50 photos at a time. You can drag and drop one or more HEIC files from your computer to the web page.

The website will convert those files to JPEG for you, and you can download the resulting JPG files from the page.

In the future, hopefully more applications, including Adobe Photoshop, will support HEIF images and HEIC files. For now, you’ll have to rely on third-party tools.

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