How to View HEIC Files Inside Windows

In order to reduce the size of photos while maintaining their quality, Apple in 2017 introduced HEIC files in the iOS 11 version, these files could be opened and edited only on the aforementioned devices, it is until some time ago that HEIC files can be opened in Windows, if you want to know How to open HEIC files within Windows? Read the following article.

Index(  )

  1. What are the characteristics of a HEIC file?
  2. Where do we find the HEIC format?
  3. On what devices can we natively open HEIC files?
    1. Cell phones with IOS system
    2. Computers with Apple operating system
  4. How can I view these files if I don’t have an Apple device?
    1. Change image settings within Windows

What are the characteristics of a HEIC file?

The files of the HEIC type have many characteristics which make these files important, among the most outstanding we can find:

  1. Space is very important when including a file in a system, which is why the main characteristic of HEIC files is that they take up less spacecompared to other file formats.
  2. Although they take up little space, they have very good quality.
  3. All HEIC files allow transparency just like PNG files.
  4. By using these formats, GIFs can be made with a better quality than with the other formats.
  5. The HEIC type of format has very good ability to capture and display the colors of an image.
  6. More than one photo can be added toHEIC files .
  7. Another characteristic of this format is that it is not available for all computers.

Where do we find the HEIC format?

The HEIC files are found in the photos of the different devices with versions iOS 11 and later, in iPhones 6 s and those that follow it, in iPads are also those that have been created after 2016.

On what devices can we natively open HEIC files?

HEIC files can be opened natively on Apple devices , those devices are as follows:

Cell phones with IOS system

Cell phones with iOS version 11 or later can open as well as edit HEIC files. If you do not have this version 11 or higher than it on your iOS device, you will not be able to open and even less edit HEIC files. In case you do not have the iOS 11 version on your iPhone and you want to download and save an HEIC image you can do it using an image converter.

Computers with Apple operating system

HEIC files can be opened and edited on computers with Apple’s operating system , to open these files it is only necessary that your computer has the macOS 10.13 Hic Sierra version or a later version of it.

If a HEIC file does not open on your Apple computer, it is probably because it is not updated with a version mentioned above, to solve the problem you should only update the computer to a version 10.13 or higher than it.

How can I view these files if I don’t have an Apple device?

The HEIC files were integrated into Apple devices, so to open them on another device, users only updated the App Store and downloaded an image converter. However, after a few years and some functions integrated in the version of Windows 10 , these files could be opened on this system, to achieve this, the following must be done:

Change image settings within Windows

First you must open the start menu which is located on the left side of the Windows computer, after opening the menu you will find several functions including Microsoft Store click  on it, when you are already inside this application click on the Investigate option and then put the word HEIC there.

Then you will be sent to the extension of the official Microsoft site for the extension of the HEIC files, within said extension or page you will find several options, but you must click on Get, wait for the configuration and installation to be carried out completely to you open and edit HEIC files without any problem.

If after this configuration HEIC files do not open, they do not open on your computer, it is probably because you do not have Windows 10 updated with version 1607, to solve the problem you just have to update the Windows version

Another way to change the configuration of HEIC images within Windows is using converters, in order to convert or change the configuration of an image you must do the following with any of the converters that will be shown below:

  1. Open Apowersoft converter,HEIC files change to JPG files.
    • Upload the file to the Apowersorft page, press convert and that’s it.
  2. Enter the iMazing converter, after entering the page press install converter.
    • When the download is complete, open the converter and place the images you want to convert.
    • After having the image in the converter select which file you want to convert the HEIC file into and then click on convert.
  3. You can also use the Heicto programto change the settings of your HEIC file.
    • Enter the Heicto program, drag the images to it, select the file you want and then click on convert.
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