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The Best Way to Know How to View/Open HEIC Photos on Windows

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Kevin Walker

November 11, 2017 (Updated: June 28, 2021)

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I know you can transfer them from your iPhone as JPG, and you can convert HEIC to JPG, but I want just to VIEW them like regulars photos. Thanks.

If you have HEIC photos on your iOS device but have issues viewing them or you have problem accessing them on your Windows, you can’t just open them on Photos or Preview. There are ways to tell you how to view/open HEIC photos on Windows.

How to View HEIC Photo on Windows

You may want to know how to view HEIC photos on Windows, if you are using a Windows computer. Therefore, if you want to view HEIC photos on such a computer, you can make use of a third party application like iMyFone TunesMate.

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This is an application which can be used as an alternative for Windows and Mac users and also for iTunes. It allows its users to export music, videos and any other file from PC to iDevice and vice versa.

Key Features:

  • All you to manage, vie wand selectively transfer iOS 11 photos.
  • Can export images from iDevice to PC, Android phones as well as external hard drive.
  • Facilitate the transfer of movies, music, playlists, podcasts, TV shows, audiobooks, photos, iTunes U, and 10+ more.
  • Can bypass iTunes restrictions and other unknown errors.

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How to View HEIC Photos on Windows via Tunesmate

Step 1: Ensure you have Tunesmate on your PC, if not, download and install.

Step 2: Tap PHOTOS and allow the photos load.

Step 3: After loading, the photos will be displayed on Tunesmate as a thumbnail. Then you can view them.

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How to Open HEIC Photos on Windows

The solution about how to open HEIC photos on Windows is to convert them to Jpg format, then you can open them freely.

1 Using iMyFone HEIC Converter

iMyFone offline HEIC Converter offers easy solution to the conversion of HEIC photos to JPG. What is required of you is download, install and open the software. Choose the mode and then the HEIC image you want to convert, then tap the CONVERT button.

The key features:

  • It can convert a single photo or convert photos in batch.
  • It will not damage your photo quality as you can adjust it before converting.
  • You will not be in risk of privacy leak as the software can work offline.
  • It needs almost the least time to finish the conversion, comparing to other software.

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2 Using Dropbox

Dropbox is also a good solution to the question” how to open HEIC photos on Windows”, all you have to do is change the extension as this may allow you to access the file. The the extension would match the file type, thus allowing and the operating system to how to handle the file.

Use the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Dropbox iOS app, upload and rename them to JPG.
Step 2: Change the extension of the file from JPG to HEIC.
Step 3: Now your file can be viewed, no data is lost through this process.

3 Using Email

Peradventure you don’t want to use any of the above steps, you can email the HEIC files you want yourself. Doing this will automatically turn your HEIC files to JPG, afterward, you can open the image on your device.

How to Transfer iPhone HEIC/JPEG Photos to Computer

The following steps will show you how to transfer HEIC/JPEG photos to computer. It is straightforward and easy to understand.

Step 1: Launch Tunesmate and use a USB cable to connect your iOS device. If you don’t have Tunesmate on your PC, download and install.

Step 2: Select “Backup Photos to PC” and choose your preferred location to save the HEIC files, and then hit the SELECT FOLDER tab so you can start transferring your photos.

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Step 3: Immediately you see Backup Successful, it means that Tunesmate has exported your JPG to PC.

How to Avoid the Problem in Future

By setting your iDevice to JPEG, to do this, use the steps below

Step 1: Go to Setting and click on camera
Step 2: Press format under camera

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Step 3: Set your iDevice to JPEG by choosing MOST COMPATIBLE. After that, your new camera photos will be in Jpg format.

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