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HEIF Image Format: What You Must Know about It

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Kevin Walker

November 3, 2017 (Updated: April 2, 2018锛

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HEIF image format is the acronym for High-Efficiency Image Format which is known for its ability to save quality images in smaller sizes. Some of these file format includes; JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF. HEIF was created by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). While HEVC or High-Efficiency Video Coding is a compression standard adopted by Apple. Also referred to as H.265, Apple adopted the HEVC to make streaming 4k videos faster with even less bandwidth and size. On the other hand, HEIC stands for High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIC) is the latest image container format from the makers of MPEG 鈥 a common video and audio compression standard.

How to Open iPhone HEIF Photos Format on Mac and Windows Computer

To open HEIF photos on your computer, you would need to transfer your HEIF photos from your iPhone to your computer first.

How to Transfer HEIF to Windows and Mac

iMyFone TunesMate is your one-stop computer software that can be used to easily transfer files of any kind from your Apple device to your Mac or Windows computer. The iMyFone TunesMate software is relatively very simple and easy to use with options that allow you transfer multiple files at one click and a unique and simple interface. Also with the iMyFone TunesMate software, you can easily send, select and preview HEIF photos from your Apple device to your personal computer.

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  • Easily and quickly transfer and backup photos from your iPhone to Computer or external hard disk.
  • Transfer virtually almost any kind of file and file format including playlists, audiobooks, music, movies, iTunes U, photos, podcasts and much more.

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Steps to transfer iPhone HEIF photos to computer

Step 1: Download iMyFone TunesMate, install it and open it. Then, connect your ideivce to it.
Step 2: Select the "Photo" mode, after loading your photos, choose the files you want transfer.

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Step 3: Click 鈥淓xport > Export to PC鈥 at the top bar and select the folder on your PC where you want to save the photos, then click 鈥淪elect Folder鈥, the process to transfer your photos will begin.

How to Open iPhone HEIF Photos Format on Mac

To be able to open HEIF photos on your Mac computer, you would first need to update your Mac operating system to run MacOS High Sierra. The good news is that if your Mac already runs a MacOS Sierra, it will also compatible with the all-new MacOS High Sierra.

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How to Open iPhone HEIF Photos Format on Windows

To open HEIF photos on your Windows computer, you would first need to convert the HEIF image format to a jpg format. Below are two converters that you can use to convert HEIF file formats to jpg on windows:

1 Using iMyFone HEIF/HEIC Converter

Step 1: Launch the HEIC Converter and connect your phone to your computer via your USB.
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Step 2: Choose a mode on the home interface, select the photos you wish to change to JPG on the pop-up window, click "Open" and then 鈥淐onvert鈥 to convert them.
Note: iMyFone HEIC Converter can convert your iPhone HEIC photos directly without needing to transfer your photos to computer.

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2 Using iMazing

Step 1: Launch the iMazing HEIC converter on your PC.
Step 2: Select by dragging and dropping the HEIF files or folders containing the HEIF files to the iMazing HEIC converter tab.
Step 3: Click convert and choose a preferred storage location.


How to Setup or Disable HEIF Image Format on iPhone

If you need to setup or disable the HEIF file format on your Apple device, simply go to your Settings on your device, locate Camera Settings and then tap on Format. To configure your device to store images in the HEIF file format simply select the High-Efficiency option. However, if you prefer the traditional JPEG file format, tap on the Most Compatible option.

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Features of the HEIF Format

  • Media data is encoded using the High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard.
  • Supports better storage of cinema graphs and image bursts.
  • Compatible with both lossless and lossy image data storage.
  • A much preferred method to share still images, related metadata and image collections.
  • Storage is built on the widely accepted ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF).
  • Very compatible with computational photography.
  • Supports the storage of exposure and foal stacks in the same container file.

Limitations of the HEIF File Format

  • Other than on Apple devices, the HEIF format is still largely unsupported by many other devices.
  • HEIF file formats will actually take up more space when transferred to a Computer; the computer would change the file format to JPEG.
  • Older devices do not support the HEIF file format.

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