L The Apple iPhone and iPad now take photos in the HEIF Image Format , and these photos have the file extension .HEIC. Windows does not natively support HEIC files, but there is still a way to view or convert them to standard JPEG .
Windows 10 (April 2018 update)
Windows 10 April 2018 Update makes it easier installation of support for HEIC files.
If you have upgraded to this version of Windows 10, you can double-click a HEIC file to open the Photos application. Click the "Download codecs from Microsoft Store " link in the Photos app.
The Store application opens on the Extensions page. HEIF image . 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 it and they'll open in the Photos application. Windows will also display thumbnails of HEIC images in File Explorer.
How to open HEIC Files on Windows
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Rather than messing around with the conversion tools, we recommend that you download and install CopyTrans HEIC for Windows . This tool adds full support for HEIC images to Windows. You will see thumbnails for HEIC files in File Explorer on Windows 10 (or Windows Explorer on Windows 7), and they will open in the standard Windows photo viewer. With this tool installed, you can also insert HEIC files directly into Microsoft Office applications.
Although you should install this third-party software to view HEIC files, it does not appear that you are usingz a third-party application thereafter. if Windows has always supported these images: simply double-click on 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 log out and log 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 widely supported, which also allows you to share this HEIC image with someone else or import it into an application that supports images JPEG 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 download the .HEIC file and you can download a .JPEG.
Warning : the website below worked perfectly well for us. We strongly recommend that you do not upload private photos (or documents or videos) to conversion tools. line. If the photo has sensitive content, it is best to leave it on your PC. OfOn the other hand, if the photo would not be interesting for anyone spying, there is not really a problem uploading it to an online service. This is a general recommendation with any type of file. For example, we recommend that you do not upload PDF files containing sensitive financial or business data to PDF conversion services.
If you just want to do a quick conversion, go 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 these files to JPEG for you, and you can download the resulting JPG files from the page.
In the future, it is hoped that more applications, including Adobe Photoshop, will support HEIF images and HEIC files. For now, you'll have to rely on third-party tools.