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How to open HEIC or HEVC files on Windows 11

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Hello everyone, in this article we will show you how open HEIC or HEVC files in Windows 11. Apple has been using the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) format for photos taken by iOS devices since 2017. This file format, usually called HEIC files because it uses HEIC as an extension, has some advantages over JPG and promises better quality, smaller file sizes, and built-in support HDR. However, opening HEIC files in their native format can be a problem if you’re not using an Apple device. iOS, iPadOS, and macOS all come with the ability to use HEIC files, but Windows users aren’t so lucky; Microsoft does not offer the option to open these files by default.

On computers, the High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a container for images and videos specifically designed to improve file compression while maintaining image quality and other advantages over older formats (JPEG, PNG, and GIF. ) and videos using the High-Efficiency Video Codec Specification (HEVC). Although the file format has been around for many years, it only became popular after Apple started using the HEIF container to store photos on its devices and other companies started integrating it into their platforms. In this article, we will talk about how to open HEIC or HEVC files in Windows 11/10.

Steps to open HEIC or HEVC files in Windows 11

Add HEIF codec support in Windows 11/10

On Windows 11/10, the codecs may already be available, but if not, you’ll need to install them from the Microsoft Store. The only problem is that if you need to get them manually, you may come across a paid version of the necessary extensions. However, you can download them for free using these instructions. To set up HEIF support in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:

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  • Open your preferred browser.
  • Open the HEVC extension page in the Microsoft Store (opens in a new tab).
  • Click the Get (or Install/Open) button. Quick tip: The free option is only available when you’re signed in with a Microsoft account. Otherwise, it will prompt you to redeem the code to get it.
  • Click the Open button.
  • Click the Install button.
  • Open the HEIF extension page in the Microsoft Store (opens in a new tab).
  • Click the Get (or Install/Open) button.
  • Click the Open button.
  • Click the Install button.
  • Final words

    We hope you enjoy our article on how to open HEIC or HEVC files in Windows 11. HEVC is a compression algorithm that significantly reduces the size of large, uncompressed (or minimally compressed) video files with little quality loss. Video file compression allows streaming services like Netflix or Hulu to send you videos without completely overloading your internet connection or blowing your data allowance.

    Originally posted 2022-09-12 13:54:10.

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