How To Open HEIF Photos On Windows Computers

The latest iOS 11version has come with a lot of improvements and new features for users. One of these innovations comes from the usage of the image codec called HEIF that is similar to HEVC for videos. The new code will reduce the memory images eating up in your device.

However, as it’s a feature so it still causes issues with the compatibility for many users. Macs or those devices running Apple software that support for HEIF. The issue happens with Windows users as it is not able to read a HEIF picture or HEVC video on your computer due to the fact that the format simply isn’t supported. It can easily be seen as a problem because a sizeable number of iPhone users are having a Windows PC.

How To Open HEIF Photos on a Windows 10/8/7 PC


This is the easiest way to fix the issue; all you have to do is disabling the latest codec. Instead of being saved in HEIF/HEVC formats, photos and videos will be now stored as JPEG/H.264.

Simply go to Settings -> Camera -> Formats. Here you will see two options to choose, called ‘High Efficiency’ and ‘Most Compatible’. Tap on ‘Most Compatible’ and the problem will disappear. But if you have not already had photos and videos with HEIF mode on, there will be no problem. To solve this issue, move to the next solution.

Convert Existing HEIC/HEVC File

There is an simple method to convert photos of  the iOS 11 codec into more compatible versions. It is called ‘Convert HEIC Photos to JPEGs’ and its process is also very to convert your desired photos.

‘Any-Video-Converter’ is an option for converting videos. It can change HEVC videos to other formats that your computer can open them. But you should note that the quality of the converted videos isn’t the same as the original ones. iMazing HEIC Converter is another alternative to convert videos with no quality cost. It’s a free of charge, so you can convert HEIC files to JPG or PNG easily and quickly on  your computer. It’s up to you to check if the tradeoff is worth for you.

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Find Someone Have A Mac

The Mac OS comes with HEIF/HEVC format support, but there is a loophole that still exists when you transfer a file from your iPhone. Using AirDropping from your mobile device, the Mac will converts a file to a normal MOV type file with H.264 encoding. In other words, that file can easily play on your Windows computer.

All you need to do is find your friend or a family member who can help you out. We hope these tips can help you open HEIF photos on  your Windows computers