By Dylan / Last update January 14, 2021

What is HEIC file?

I used to export photos from my iPhone 7 because they have taken too much storage on my iPhone and I love to view and edit them on my Dell computer. I remember that iPhone photos should be JPG files, but I get hundreds of HEIC files this time. What is HEIC photo? Am I doing something wrong when transferring photos?

- Question from Apple Community

You could export photos from iPhone to PC to leave more storage for other use. In fact, it is the best way to clear iPhone storage. You won’t lose any files and still view your photos anytime you want on computer.

That’s before users find that they cannot view their iPhone photos on computer because their photos can’t be viewed on Windows computer. The JPG images have been gone, there are only. HEIC files in the DCIM folder and the new-format images can’t be opened.


Why your pictures are saved as HEIC instead of JPG? HEIC is a relatively new image format. You will know why Apple choose it as the format of iPhone photos or if you don’t want HEIC images, change the format of your photos into JPG/JPEG on your iPhone or computer.

Section 1. What is HEIC Format?

JPG is the most widely-used image format in the world. Most software could directly view JPG files but HEIC files are only supported on iOS devices so why Apple abandons the most popular image format? Is the quality of HEIC file better than JPG file?

HEIC is short for High-Efficiency Image Container. It is introduced in 2015 (JPG in 1992). Apple chooses it as the image format on iPhone in 2017 when iOS 11 is released.

What is the advantage of HEIC format? The biggest advantage is that HEIC saves storage on your iPhone. Actually, to save the same image, HEIC file takes only half of the storage that JPG file takes. It is good news for the photographer because they could save much more photos on iPhone.

Yet, the significant drawback of HEIC file is that this new image format has not been accepted by most software. If you want to view your raw iPhone photos on Windows computer or beautify your iPhone photos in photo-editing software, you need to install a plugin or convert HEIC images into JPG or PNG images.

Section 2. How to make iPhone save images as JPG or HEIC?

Is it compulsive to save iPhone image as HEIC files? Apple is not so unreasonable. You could save your image as JPG files or HEIC files as you want.

To change the format of your iPhone photos, you need to:

Open Settings app on your iPhone > locate and select Camera section > select High Efficiency and it means you would like to save iPhone photos as HEIC files; select Most Compatible and it means you would like to save iPhone photos as JPG files.

iPhone Camera Format

Section 3. How to view HEIC photos on Windows 10?

HEIC photos would be gradually supported in more and more software. If you feel like opening HEIC photos with Photos app on Windows 10, there would be some useful tools in Microsoft Store. In this section, HEIF Image Extensions is recommended. It is a free utility.

After this package is installed, you could read and write files that use the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format on your Windows 10 computer.

To install this package, you just need to open Microsoft Store > search HEIF Image Extension > download and install it.

HEIF Image Extensions

Section 4. How to convert HEIC to JPG/PNG?

If you would like professional software to manage your raw iPhone photos. The best HEIC image converter is AOMEI MBackupper. In fact, it could also help you easily get photos off iPhone.

Compared with so many online HEIC photo converters, AOMEI MBackupper works on your desktop and it means there is no Internet required. You don’t have to wait for so long to upload photos to the website and then download your photos to your computer. You could change the format of your HEIC images anytime you want.

AOMEI MBackupper supports converting HEIC into JPG/JPEG/PNG to let you choose the proper format for different usages. The most important thing is that AOMEI MBackupper is a free HEIC converter. You could use it to convert unlimited photos.

Steps to convert HEIC to JPG on computer:

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper to computer.

Step 2. Launch AOMEI MBackupper and select HEIC Converter.

Choose HEIC Converter

Step 3. Click Add Photos to put your HIEC images into this converter.

Add Photos

Step 4. Select the Photo Format, Photo Quality, and Conversion Speed. Click Start Converting to get the wanted images.



What is HEIC file? After reading this passage, you must have known everything about this new format. Besides, you have known how to view and use the HEIC files in every way in this passage.

AOMEI MBackupper helps you change the format of HEIC file into the target format as you wish without the Internet. It is really worth trying.

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