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Q: "What is HEIC, and how do I convert HEIC to JPG on Windows PC?"
A: HEIC, the short for High-Efficiency Image File Container, is a new photo format introduced by Apple on its iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra system. Compared with the old JPG file format, the HEIC format stores high-quality images with smaller sizes. But unlike the JPG or PNG format that is compatible with almost all platforms and systems, the HEIC format is only available on Apple devices. That means if you want to open HEIC pictures on Windows or upload them to websites, you'll need to convert them to JPG or PNG.
If you're looking to change HEIC to JPG, here are some practical methods to do it.
On Windows 10, you can directly download codec software in the app store to open HEIC files. While if you're not using Windows 10, you'll need some free utility software to help. Whether you use Windows 10 or not, here are ways to convert HEIC pictures to JPG on Windows.
The desktop-based converter program is the most recommended way to change a HEIC picture to a JPG, mainly because such tools are fast, safe, and feature-rich. Let's take this popular iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover for example. Technically speaking, it is an iPhone data transfer tool, but actually, it also works as a HEIC to JPG converter, backup manager, WhatsApp manager, video downloader, and video to mp3 converter. Here we mainly focus on its function of converting HEIC to JPG.
It offers users two ways to convert HEIC pictures. The first is through transferring photos from your iPhone to the computer. Before transferring, you can set its settings to export pictures in JPG format. Another is to directly use its HEIC to JPG converter to get the job done. With its converter, you can drag and drop folders or HEIC images to batch convert photos at once.
To convert HEIC pictures to JPG on Windows:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your PC and click "HEIC to JPG" on the navigation panel.
Step 2. Click "Browse" to select and add one or multiple HEIC photos from your PC. You can also drag and drop to import HEIC photos to EaseUS MobiMover here.
Step 3. Click "Convert" or "Start All" to convert HEIC photos to JPG. After the HEIC to JPG conversion completes, you can click "View" button to check the converted JPG photo on your PC.
Another way to convert HEIC to JPG is to use this HEIF Image Extension, which can read and write files in High-Efficiency Image File Format, which has a .heic or .heif file extension. But this extension is currently only available on Windows 10 or higher. If you prefer this way, follow these steps to convert HEIC to JPG on Windows 10.
Step 1. Head to Microsoft Store to download HEIF Image Extensions on your computer.
Step 2. Open HEIC files with Windows's built-in Photos app.
Step 3. After installing the extension, you can open your HEIC files with the Photos app.
Note: If you have set another application to open your photos by default, you'll need to right-click on your image and choose "Open with" and select "Photos."
Some online converters like heictojpg.com can help you do a quick conversion. But considering the privacy issue, we don't recommend uploading any private photos or documents to online services for conversion because the data you upload will store on the cloud server of the website, and you can't monitor or control who uses it (and how). This will threaten your personal information. While if you stick to online converters, there are some recommendations:
That's all converters that can be used to change HEIC to JPG. We hope more software and applications will gain support for HEIC files. But before that day comes, you have to use third-party tools or online services.
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