How to Open a HEIC File on Computer

How to open the HEIC file on your computer? Read this guide and you will get to learn various ways on how to open a HEIC file on a computer without any hassle.

By Abby Walsh | Posted on: Mar. 11, 2019, Last Updated: Mar. 11, 2019
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Recently, Apple has adopted HEIF (High Efficiency File Format) with extensions .heif and .heic. This new image format is supported on the iDevices running iOS 11 and Mac running macOS High Sierra. Even though this new image file format is about half the size of JPG photos with similar image quality to JPGs, HEIC files are unable to open on most computers.  Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can easily open and view the HEIC file on your computer.  That’s why we come up with this guide to show numerous methods on how to open a HEIC file on the computer.

Part 1: Normal Methods to Open a HEIC File on Computer

There is no doubt that HEIC file is not compatible format and there are a lot of users who face problem while opening this new image format on their computer. However, if your Mac computer is updated to the latest Mac version, then you can open the HEIC file without any trouble using Mac Photos and Preview app. However, if you are using Windows computer or Mac running below macOS High Sierra, then don’t panic. Here, we are going to mention two methods that can help you to open and view the HEIC file on your computer.

  1. DropBox

Luckily, DropBox i.e. popular cloud storage service supports the new image file format. That’s why you can upload HEIC photos to your DropBox account and it will provide you an option to view your uploaded HEIC photos.

Here are simple steps on how you can open a HEIC file on the computer using DropBox:

Step 1: Go to your computer browser and then, access your DropBox account. After that, click on the “Upload” button to upload the HEIC photos you want to view and open on your computer.

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via DropBox - Step 1

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via DropBox – Step 1

Step 2: Once the photos are uploaded, click on the HEIC photo to view it. You can download the HEIC photo on your computer as JPG format and all you have to do is to click on the “Download” button. Now, you can open the HEIC photo on your computer also.

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via DropBox - Step 2

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via DropBox – Step 2

  1. Email

Another method to open a HEIC file on your computer is that you can email HEIC photos to yourself from your iPhone. And then, access your email from your computer browser and download the HEIC photos to your system. When you email HEIC file from iPhone, it will automatically convert HEIC file to the compatible JPG format.

  1. Ultimate Way to Open a HEIC File on Computer

If your computer is updated to Windows 10 version, then you can download and install the HEIC Image extensions to your Windows computer to open a HEIC file.

Here are steps on how you can do this:

Step 1: Double-click a HEIC file to open your Windows Photos app. Next, if you can’t view the HEIC photo, then you will get a link saying “Download codecs at Microsoft Store”. So, you need to download it to open the HEIC photo on your computer.

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via HEIC Image Extensions– Step 1

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via HEIC Image Extensions– Step 1

Step 2: Thereafter, tap on the “Get” button to add HEIC Image extensions to your Windows 10 Computer. Once it is downloaded and installed to your computer, you can open the HEIC file on your computer.

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via HEIC Image Extensions– Step 2

How to Open a HEIC File on Computer via HEIC Image Extensions– Step 2

Part 2: Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS

To open HEIC files on your computer, the best thing you can do is to convert them to compatible JPG format that works everywhere. And AnyTrans for iOS can help you to convert your HEIC files to standard JPG format with so ease. It is wonderful iOS data management software that can help you to transfer your HEIC photos from iPhone to a computer in JPG format. With just one click, it can convert your HEIC images to JPG format. You can also use this software to transfer your data from iDevice to computer or from computer to iDevice. Amazingly, it works on both Mac and Windows system.

Here is the detailed step-by-step guide on how to open HEIC file on the computer using AnyTrans for iOS:

Step 1: Run the AnyTrans for iOS on your computer and next, connect your iDevice to a computer with the help of a digital cable. After that, click on “Device Manager”>”Move to Category Management” page.

 Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS - Step 1

Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2: On the next screen, click on the “Photos” folder and then, select “Camera Roll” folder.

 Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS - Step 2

Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3: Now, click on “Settings” icon and then, choose “Export photo to JPG format” as shown in the below figure. And tap on “Save” button.

 Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS - Step 3

Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Step 4: Finally, select the HEIC photos you want to convert to JPG and then, tap on the “Send to PC/Mac” button. This will convert your HEIC photos to JPG format and you can open them on your system.

 Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS - Step 4

Open HEIC Files on Computer Using AnyTrans for iOS – Step 4

Conclusion

That’s all on how you open HEIC file on your computer. Whenever you face problem while opening HEIC file on your computer, all you need to do is to download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer to open your HEIC files. Plus, you can use this tool to manage your iOS data effectively.

Abby Walsh

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan and a horror movie lover. Always be willing to solve all kinds of Apple-related issues as well as Android's.

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