Apple devices use the HEIC image format to capture photos. Believe it or not, a HEIC image is better in quality and consumes less storage space than the traditional JPEG image format. Other than its small size, a HEIC image can be captured in 18-bit color over JPEG’s 8-bit. The HEIC container format can hold audio and images encoded in the HEVC standard. However, Windows OS users do get confused about how to open a HEIC file On Windows 10. In this article, we will cover the aspect of opening HEIC files as well as describe an efficient way How to Convert HEIC files to JPEG.
How to Convert HEIC Files to JPEG on Windows PC
If you would rather open the HEIC files on your PC and not care about the image format, then the best way would be to convert HEIC files to JPEG image format. This can be done with the help of a third-party application called CopyTrans HEIC for Windows. This is a free app for personal use and is of a very small size.
Step 1: Navigate to the official website and click on the Download button.
Step 2: Enter your name and email address as well as state the reason for use.
Step 3: You will receive an email with a link to download the software.
Step 4: Click on the download link and download the app installation file. Launch this file to begin the installation procedure.
Step 5: Once the app has been successfully installed. Locate any HEIC file and make a right-click to open the context menu.
Step 6: You will find an option labeled as Convert to JPEG with CopyTrans. Click on this option and you will find a new JPEG file being created next to your HEIC file with the same content.
Note: You can convert as many HEIC files to JPEG with this extension for free and delete the original HEIC files.
How to Convert HEIC Files to JPEG online Using a Web-Based Tool
The final section in this article helps users to convert HEIC to JPG using an online web-based tool. This is an excellent method for those who do not like installing third-party software on their PC. However, there is no guarantee that the files you upload on the web server through this online tool get stored permanently on the server. Although most online converters claim to delete the file as soon as you close the browser tab, one cannot be too sure.
Step 1: Open any browser and navigate to the HEICTOJPG.com website.
Step 2: Click on the + icon and choose the HEIC image.
Step 3: Wait for the webapp to upload and convert the image.
Step 4: Click on the Download link and you will be able to download the HEIC image in JPEG format.
How to Open HEIC Files on Windows 10 PC
With just a few steps you can add support for HEIC picture formats. This also works on Windows 11. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Open File Explorer on your PC and double-click a HEIC file.
Step 2: Select “Photos” if you’re asked which application you want to open it in.
Step 3: Else, you can also make a right-click on the HEIC file and choose Open With from the context menu. Then select Photos App from the list of apps installed on your PC.
Step 4: You will get a prompt stating that “The HEVC Video Extension is required to display this file”. Click the “Download and install it now” link.
Note: This is a paid download that only takes a few minutes to install and costs $0.99.
Step 5: A prompt will appear asking you “Did You Mean To Switch Apps?”. Click on Yes to continue.
Step 6: You will now land at the Microsoft Store’s HEVC Video Extensions. You can purchase and download/install this app and all the HEIC/HEIF files will open in the Windows Photos App without issue.
Note: Thumbnails will be auto-generated for these images and they will appear normal like other image formats like JPEG, BMP, PNG, etc.
The Final Word On How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Windows?
There you have it! Three different methods of opening HEIC files on your Windows computer with ease. Another important tip if you are using an iPhone is to change the format setting in your device to capture photos in JPEG rather than HEIC. This will save the trouble of converting HEIC images on Windows PC and you can directly access JPEGs on any device.
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