The battle between Apple and Microsoft. Despite being direct opponents in the computing world, the reationship between Microsoft and Apple is surprisingly close and usually behind the scenes they’ve worked together on tech projects with mutual benefits. Apples new file format HEIC is one instance that is an exception. The HEIC file format is a massive improvement to any photo file format that Microsoft have released and they are keeping this to themselves. With it’s high compression capabilities, the HEIC file format ispreferred amongst all others, it seems like an extension for the long run. If you are a windows users and you are struggling with with viewing HEIC files on your Windows 10, here are a few ways you can view HEIC files or convert HEIC to JPG on your computer.
To save you a lot of time and effort I will start with the most basic solutions of all. There is no real special trick to it. ALl you need is a gmail account and attach the picture to an email. Gmail will conveniently automatically convert the files to JPG. Once you open your mail and download the files to your Windows 10, you are done.
Download Codecs from the Windows store.
Windows has caught on to this fustration and in Windows 10’s April 2018 Update they have made it a little easier to install support for HEIC files. If you’ve upgraded to this version of Windows 10, you can double-click an HEIC file to open the Photos app. Click the “Download codecs at Microsoft Store” link in the Photos app.
The Store app will open to the HEIF Image Extensions page. Click the “Get” button to download and install the free codecs on your PC.
You can now open HEIC files like any other image—just double-click them and they’ll open in the Photos app. Windows will also show thumbnails of HEIC images in File Explorer.
Download a free tool – CopyTrans HEIC for Windows
There are a number of free apps out there that will allow you to convert HEIC files to a more Windows freindly JPG file. Copytrans is one of those free app that is really easy to use.. The CopyTrans HEIC program was developed to aid Windows users to be able to use HEIC images on Windows 7 and Windows 8. These two OS obviously do not have HEIC support. CopyTrans HEIC can, however, convert to JPG but not png.
Webiste – https://www.copytrans.net/
With CopyTrans you can simply right-click on your .HEIC image and use the new option in Windows’ context menu, “Convert to JPEG with CopyTrans,”.
In Windows 10 CopyTrans HEIC can act as a plugin allowing you to open HEIC files using the Windows Photo Viewer.
Use an Online conversion tool
If you don’t want to install any software, you can always use an online conversion tool. Just upload the .HEIC file to the online tool and you’ll be able to download a .JPEG in a few moments. While these tool often work really well , it is strongly recommend to avoid uploading any private photos (or documents, or videos) to online tools for conversion.
If you just want to do a quick conversion, head to heictojpg.com and upload up to 50 photos at a time. You can drag and drop one or more HEIC files from your computer to the web page.
The website will convert those files to JPEGs for you, and you can download the resulting JPG files from the page.
It is not necessary to recommend a method to you. You should just dive in and try as many alternatives as you want. This way you will discover the conversion method that suits you the most. I personally use the fastest method, but as you try out the different methods of viewing your HEIC files on Windows, you will become the judge of that.