One of the most annoying things in computing is having files that cannot be used by applications on your computer. If this happens to you, then you know how frustrating it can be.
This is apparently the case with the new HEIF file format. Newer iPhones and iPads currently take pictures in HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format) and save images with an HEIC extension. This format, with all its advantages, isn’t native to Windows 10, but you can actually quite easily convert HEIC files to JPG using Windows’ standard tools like Photos and Paint (as well as myriad third-party apps).
With its ability to occupy very little storage space, it seems like an extension for the long run. If you hit a brick wall viewing HEIC files on Windows 10 and 11, here are a few ways to convert HEIC to JPG.
1. Use Photos App
The Windows Photos app has its problems, but it’s also surprisingly compatible with less conventional image formats. HEIC is one of them, and you can easily open HEIC images using the native Windows 10 and Windows 11 app, then convert them to various formats, including jpg.
If your HEIC file doesn’t automatically open with Photos, simply right-click the file -> Open with -> Photos.
To convert it, click the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner of “Photos -> Save As”, then in the new window click the “Save as type” dropdown menu and change the file format to “.jpg”.
2. Use Paint
Trusty old Paint, which you can get from the Microsoft Store or restore with a registry tweak continues to surprise with its capabilities. You can open and edit HEIC files directly through Paint, as well as saving them in different file formats.
Open your HEIC file in Paint, then click “File -> Save As -> Save as type”, and select the “.jpg”. file format. Simple!
3. HEICtoJPEG Web App
If you don’t have too many images you want to convert (up to 50 at a time), then the simplest option for you is probably to go to HEICtoJPG and just do it all through your browser.
This doesn’t require you to download any extra software, and it has a nice drag-and-drop UI for you to just chuck your images straight into the box.
4. HEIC Converter Free
This is a free program that helps you convert HEIC pictures to JPG on Windows. This program allows you to select the picture quality before conversion. You can also choose to preserve or remove Exif data during conversion. A final feature of HEIC Converter Free is its support for batch resizing.
You can select the 100% option, which will not make photos blurred but preserve them in the same quality. To keep the high quality, it is wise to choose more than 85% so that the converted images will not be compromised after compression.
This free tool works for iPhone 7 or higher and will allow you to convert HEIC files into JPG/PNG photos one by one or in batch mode.
5. iMazing HEIC Converter
This is an easy-to-use, ad-free and simplistic tool. iMazing HEIC Converter makes converting HEICs to the JPG format fun.
You can add them by using drag-and-drop or the File Menu. This program permits conversion into both JPG and PNG formats.
The features of this software include:
- Convert HEIC to JPG
- Convert HEIC to PNG
- Drag and drop .heic files or folders
- Fast and easy to use
- Preserves EXIF metadata
- Support for color profiles, including wide-gamut
6. HEIC Image Converter Tool
This free app can be found on the Windows store. The HEIC Image Converter Tool allows support for JPG, PNG, and JPEG formats. With this tool, it is hard to see its cons, making it a great way to do conversions.
Just like iMazing, this is another easy-to-use tool to convert HEIC to JPG on Windows. You basically need these three steps to convert images.
- Select image
- Select the output format
- Convert image
7. iOS “Automatic” Transfer Mode
Compatibility issues with HEIC is a problem but not one that eludes Apple. Unlike the third-party apps discussed earlier, this is a built-in iOS setting. It permits automatic conversions while files are being transferred to Windows 10 via USB.
Using this setting means when importing images with the Photos app, automatic conversion to JPG format happens. This method is totally seamless.
8. CopyTrans HEIC for Windows
Once again, this is another free app. 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 HEIC to JPG but not png.
In Windows 10, CopyTrans HEIC can act as a plugin, allowing you to open HEIC files using the Windows Photo Viewer.
9. iMobie HEIC Converter
iMobie HEIC converter is another platform where you can convert HEIC files to JPG on Windows. It is available for free online or as a desktop app. All you need to do is upload the HEIC file to the platform, and it will convert it to JPG.
It retains the quality of the image file even after conversion. The online platform as well as the desktop app is easy to use, and you can get your conversions done in a matter of seconds.
As you can see, there are many ways to convert HEIC to JPG in Windows. You can try out any of the above methods to see which one suits you most. If you need to convert a webp file to JPG instead, we have solutions for that, too.
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