4 Practical Methods to Open HEIC Files

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article_time January 14, 2023 3 mins read

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Apple's new image format, HEIC, has gained traction in the past few years. More and more people are using it to store images of its smaller file size. But we have received some feedback that some customers don't know how to open HEIC files. Therefore, in this post, we will discuss four methods to how to open HEIC files. We will go over each technique in detail so that you can choose the one that is best for you! Let's move on!

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Part 1: What are HEIC Files?

HEIC files are a new image format created by Apple which designed for storing photos with smaller file sizes. It can be helpful if you want to save space on your device or send the photo through email. However, HEIC files are not compatible with all devices and programs. If you try to open one on a device that does not support the format, you will need to convert it to a different file type.

what is heic files

HEIC files have their pros and cons. Let's take a closer look at the format to see if it's right for you.

  • Smaller file size
  • Better quality images
  • Takes up less space on your device
  • Not compatible with all devices and programs
  • Can't be opened without a particular program or converter

Part 2: Top 5 Methods to Open HEIC File

Now that we know a little bit more about HEIC files, let's discuss how to open them. Here are 5 methods:

01 Convert HEIC to Other Format

In most situations, your computer does't support to open Heic file. Therefore, if you can't open the HEIC file, then you can use powerful iMyFone UltraRepair to convert to png or jpg format. Then you can open the HEIC file normally. This is totally for FREE.

Besides, it can also repair almost all corrupted or broken files, including corrupted photos, broken videos and documents. This software has a user-friendly interface so it is easy for everyone to use!

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Step 1. Launch iMyFone UltraRepair and choose Format Converter from the left pannel. From there you can click Photo Format Conversion.

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Step 2. Then import Heic photo to the software, and choose the output format, like png or jpg. Next click Start to start the process. UltraRepair also supports convert images in batch.

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Step 3. After a while, you can save the converted Heic photos in your computer. Then you can open Heic file with ease. Is it amazing?

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02 Get HEIF and HEVC Extensions for Windows 10

You can get the HEIF and HEVC extensions from the Microsoft Store if you're using Windows. These extensions allows you to open HEIC files in programs like photos and paint.

To install the extensions, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Store. And search for "HEIF" > "HEVC".
  2. Install the two extensions. The "HEVC" extensions will cost you $0.99.

get heic image extensions

Once you have installed the extensions, you will be able to open HEIC files in Windows programs. This is the easiest way to open HEIC files on Windows.

03 Open HEIC File with Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a popular photo editing program. It can be used to open HEIC files and convert them to other file types.

To open a HEIC file in Adobe Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Adobe Lightroom. And from your start menu, go to "Settings". Select "Apps".
  2. Navigate to the "Default Apps Menu". And click on Photo Viewer.
  3. choose photo viewer

  4. Select Adobe Lightroom as the default program.

This will allow you to open HEIC files in Adobe Lightroom. If you want to convert the file to another format, you can do so by exporting it from Lightroom.

04 Share as JPG from iPhone

If you want to share the photo as a JPG, you'll need to open it in the Photos app and tap on the Share button. From there, select how you'd like to share the photo — via Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or other options.

When you tap on Mail or Messages, you'll be asked if you want to share the photo as a JPG or HEIC file. If you choose JPG, the photo will be compressed and converted before being sent.

share heic as jpg from iphone

Keep in mind that this method only works for sharing photos one at a time. So, if you want to send multiple HEIC files as JPEGs, you'll need to open each photo individually and share them separately.

05 Convert HEIC File

Convert HEIC File is the last resort for opening HEIC files if you can't open the file using one of the methods above. There are many ways to do this, and we will take CopyTrans as an example. It is design for convert HEIC files into JPGs or PNGs quickly.

To use CopyTrans, follow these steps:

  1. Install CopyTrans. Open it and connect your iPhone.
  2. Click on the "Photos" tab and select the photos you want to convert.
  3. Click on Convert HEIC to JPG.

convert heic file with copytrans

This will start the conversion process. Once it's finished, you will have a JPG or PNG version of the photo that you can open with any program.

Part 3: FAQs: More About HEIC Files

1. How can I stop my iPhone saving photos in HEIC format?

To stop your iPhone from saving photos in HEIC format, simply go to your Settings app and select the Camera section. From there, you can choose to either keep JPEG as your default photo format or change it to another form.

If you want to disable HEIC completely, you can go to Settings > General > About and turn off the Use HEIF setting. This will disable all features that use HEIC on your device.

2. What else program opens HEIC files?

If you don't want to use CopyTrans or iMyFone UltraRepair to open your HEIC files, other options are available. The following programs can also be used to open HEIC files:

  • Apowersoft Photo Viewer
  • File Viewer Plus
  • Dropbox
  • Adobe Photoshop

You can also use online services like HEIC.online or iConvert to open your HEIC files. All you need to do is upload the file to the website, and it will be converted to a format that you can view.

The Bottom Line

These are just some of the many programs that can be used to open HEIC files. You can try to experiment with different programs and see which works best for you.

If you get a corrupted HEIC file, you can try CopyTrans to convert HEIC to JPG or use iMyFone UltraRepair to repair. If you need more options, Adobe Photoshop and File Viewer Plus are both excellent programs that can be used to open HEIC files also.

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