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What are HEIC files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a HEIC file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your HEIC files.

What is a HEIC file?

A .HEIC file is a High-Efficiency Image Container file.

A .HEIC file is a High-Efficiency Image Container file. A HEIC file contains one or more images, typically created on an Apple device like an iPad or iPhone. Apple introduced the HEIC format in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. However, you might encounter problems opening HEIC files on your Windows PC, as not all versions of Windows natively support these files.

The Moving Picture Experts Group invented the HEIC image format as a replacement for the older JPEG format. The HEIC format offers multiple advantages such as a smaller file size without quality loss, the ability to store multiple images in one file (ideal for photo bursts), 16-bit color support, image revision history, and more.

You may hear HEIF or HEIC used interchangeably, as the format invented by MPEG is called HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format). The reason why Apple decided to call files on their devices HEIC remains unknown.

How do you open HEIC files on Windows 10?

HEIF support was introduced in Windows 10 with build 1809, released in October 2018. However, it doesn't come included out of the box. Instead, you will have to visit the Microsoft app store and install the Microsoft HEIF Image Extensions. In addition to that, you will also need to install the HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding) Video Extensions package, as the Microsoft HEIF Image Extensions uses the decompression codec included in this package when displaying HEIF images. You can also use a tool like Bitberry File Opener with built-in support for HEIC.

How do you convert HEIC to JPEG?

You can convert HEIC to JPG with Bitberry File Opener. Simply open the image and click Save to convert it. It supports many output formats, including JPEG, PNG, PSD, etc.

How to open HEIC files

We have identified two HEIC openers that are compatible with this specific type of HEIC file.

Programs that open High-Efficiency Image Container files

Last updated: April 25, 2024

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of HEIC files. Remember, different programs may use HEIC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

GIMPGIMPUser submitted
CanvaCanvaUser submitted
Paint.NETPaint.NETUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop LightroomAdobe Photoshop LightroomUser submitted
KritaKritaUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
PicosmosToolsPicosmosToolsUser submitted
Movavi Photo EditorMovavi Photo EditorUser submitted
Movavi PicverseMovavi PicverseUser submitted
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