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, if you are a Windows OS user, 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 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 helpful application called HEIC Converter. It can convert the images into two formats – JPEG and PNG. The HEIC Converter can convert multiple photos at a time. It also allows you to keep the EXIF data of the images and maintains the picture quality. With it you can also adjust the image quality and conversion speed manually.
Step 1: Download HEIC Converter from the Download button given below.
Step 2: Complete the installation and then launch the application. To enter the registration key go to the menu bar and click on Activate.
Step 3: Now, you can add HEIC images or an entire folder by clicking on the respective buttons or by Drag & Drop action on the tool.
Step 4: Next, you will be asked to enter the file format to convert HEIC into JPEG and PNG. Select JPEG and then enter the Output path to save the converted files.
Step 6: Click on the Convert button and the tool will quickly convert the selected file/files into selected format. A JPEG file being created in the selected destination will be available to use now.
Note: You can convert as many HEIC files to JPEG with the paid version. Two files can be converted for free in the trial version.
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 want to install 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 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. However, we would suggest you go with the HEIC Converter as it will convert your JPEG images into HEIC in no time. 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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