Tips, Guides, and Help

HEIC to JPEG Converter provides an effective, easy, and secure process of converting HEIC images to common images formats like JPEG, PNG, and BMP. If you are new to the app, review the Quick Start Guide to learn the essential features. 

In this section, you will learn the tips, tricks, and guides for maximizing the benefits of the app.

What is the HEIC or HEIF image format

Image or photo saved in the .HEIC file extension are generated according to the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF). It is first introduced to the market by Apple’s iOS devices since 2017. 

HEIF belongs to the family of HEVC or H.265, a video and image compression algorithm known for its high efficiency and superb quality. In average, an HEIF image only requires half of the file size of a matching JPEG file that bears the same quality.

Furthermore, HEIF goes beyond just saving image file size because it offers more advanced features like the 16-bit color and image transparency, while JPEG provides 8-bit in color depth without transparency.

Why are my photos saved in HEIC not JPEG

By default, your iPhone or iPad takes photos in HEIC format. You probably never notice the difference because when you share photos via email or instant messaging apps, iOS automatically convert them into JPEG.

The one caveat of using HEIC format is its lack of compatibility on Windows devices, especially on Windows PC. As of today, you can’t go around without paying for the HEVC codec in order to view the format natively on Windows. As the codec is still under patent protection, any solution that claims it can do it for absolutely free is highly questionable. 

How to open HEIC images on Windows

By default, Windows doesn’t have the capability of rendering or displaying HEIC images. To view HEIC images in Windows, you need to install the HEVC add-on through the Windows Photo app:

  1. Locate an HEIC image that you wish to open.
  2. Right-mouse click on the image and choose Open With > Photos
  3. The Windows Photos app is then  launched. It displays a message: The HEVC Video Extension is required to display this file. Download and Install it Now.
  4. Click the download link and lick Yes to confirm the message asking if you meant to switch apps (to Windows Store)
  5. Purchase the HEVC video codec ($0.99 if you are in the U.S.) and install the code

After you have installed the code, relaunch Windows Photo app and you should be able to view HEIC photos from both the app as well as previewing them from Windows Explorer.

How to use the HEIC to JPEG Converter app

The HEIC to JPEG Converter app makes it easy to convert your HEIC photos to JPEG, PNG, and BMP files:

  •  Batch conversion that allows you to convert multiple photos
  • Automatically converts using the best quality option to preserve image information
  • Drop-n-drop from Windows Explorer or add files from multiple folders
  • Provides offline conversion and therefore no information is shared outside of your PC
  • Find your converted files with ease by using the Locate File icon attached to each file.
Read the Quick Start Guide to learn all the essential features of this app

How to disable iPhone from taking photos in HEIC

For whatever reason that you still prefer using JPEG over HEIC on your iPhone, you can turn this feature off by following these steps:

  1. Unlock your iPhone 
  2. Go to Settings > Camera
  3. Select Format 
  4. Select “Most Compatible

This makes your iPhone to save photos in JPEG format.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

Transfer or import photos from iPhone or iPad to your PC requires both iTunes and an app like Windows Photo. iTunes provides the device drivers that enables Windows file system to access files from iOS devices:

  1. Prior to connecting your iOS devices to PC, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed
  2. Connect your iOS device to your PC via a USB cable
  3. Unlock your iOS device
  4. When you are prompt for whether you Trust the Computer, click Allow or Trust to continue. 

Now your PC can read files and photos stored on your iOS devices. To import photos from your device, we recommend using the Windows Photo app. Follow this guide to learn the details.