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HEIC File Viewer on Windows 10

By Carrie Murray, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Apple uses the HEIC file format for photos in its iOS 11 system to keep the storage size down. However, some people may find out that those kinds of files cannot be viewed on Windows 10/8/7 PC. When you move the HEIC photos from your iPhone or iPad to PC, they may go blank for the thumbnails and there is no app available for you to open the files. So what is the best HEIC viewer on Windows?

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Here in this guide, you will learn how to easily view and open the HEIC photos in different ways. And the gist of those methods is to convert the HEIC into other regular photo formats such as JPG or PNG. Now, let's see how to do in details.

Method 1. Open the HEIC Files with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a program aims to recover deleted data from iOS devices. But it also allows users to convert the HEIC photos to JPEG format when restoring the items to computer. You can scroll down on the screen and see how it works.

Step 1. To begin with, you need to download and install the FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery program on you Windows PC or Mac computer.


Step 2. Launch the program and go to "iPhone Data Recovery > Recover from iOS Device". Then plug your iPhone X/8/7 to the computer. Tap on "Trust" icon on your iPhone so that it can successfully connect to PC.

iPhone Data Recovery

Step 3. Click on the "Start Scan" button on the program and wait for the process.

Step 4. After the scanning, you are able to preview the data (the deleted ones are included) on your iPhone. Choose the HEIC photos you want.

Recover HEIC Photos

Step 5. Click on the "Recover" button and you will see a pop-up window which carrys the output information. You need to check on the box next to the "Automatically convert HEIC files to JPEG format for more compatibilities". And in this way, you are able to view the photos on Windows without any trouble.

Convert HEIC Photos to JPG

Method 2. View HEIC Photos Using the HEIC Converter on Windows

FonePaw HEIC Converter Free is a terrific HEIC file viewer that you should never miss. It is a free app and you can convert HEIC to JPG on Windows without any limit. Check on the below steps to see how to view HEIC photos on Windows PC.

Step 1. Get FonePaw HEIC Converter downloaded and installed on your Windows PC by clicking the button below.


Step 2. Launch the program click on the "Add HEIC" button to import the HEIC photos to the converter.

HEIC Converter Homepage

Step 3. The imported HEIC photos would be displayed as a list on the interface. On the right panel, you can change the output format, location, as well as the quality.

Select Output Format

Step 4. Click on the "Convert" button and all of your selected HEIC photos would be converted into JPG or PNG. Now, you can go to the location and view the HEIC photos on your Windows.

Convert HEIC to JPG

Method 3. Check HEIC Photos Using Dropbox

You can choose to upload HEIC files to your Dropbox on your PC or Android and it give you the option to view the HEIC photos online.

Step 1. Go to Dropbox webpage and sign in with your account.

Step 2. Click on the "Upload files" button and you can choose the HEIC photos from your Windows.

Step 3. Tap on an eye icon and you are able to view the HEIC photos online.

DropBox View HEIC

Right click on the image and go to "Save image as" option to choose the .jpeg format. In this way, you are able to convert the HEIC photos to JPG on Windows.

Convert HEIC to JPG Online

Note: It is quite complicated for the process as you need to save the photos to your computer one by one.

Method 4. Automatically Convert HEIC to JPG Using Email

This method is actually not a file viewer on Windows as you are allowed to send an Email with the HEIC photos from your iPhone directly and the items would be automatically converted into JPG format. But you should note that in some cases, the Email carried with the photos may fail to be received for the unknown reasons.

That's all. Will the above tools successfully help view the HEIC photos on your Windows or Android? If you have any problem about this guide, please drop us a comment below to let us know!

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