Convert HEIC to JPG – that’s how it works in Windows

We’ll explain how you can easily convert HEIC photos to JPG format in Windows for free.

With Windows 10, since the autumn 2018 update, you can easily open any HEIC photo file directly. We explain how to do this in this article. In this post, we explain how to easily convert HEIC files to JPG format. This is also possible with standard Windows 10 tools. But various tools offer even more options.

Convert HEIC files with Windows 10 standard tools

In the Windows 10 Photo app, HEIC images can be converted directly to JPG


In the Windows 10 Photo app, HEIC images can be converted directly to JPG

After double-clicking on such a HEIC file, it can be displayed in the “Photos” app supplied with Windows 10, if desired. You can then simply save the HEIC photo as a JPG file using this app. To do this, click on the “…” at the top right of the app and then select “Save as”. You can then select the desired format in the drop-down menu under “File type”.

Alternatives offer more options

The freeware image editor Paint.Net has supported the processing of HEIC files since version 4.2. You can also convert HEIC files to JPG format and many other formats.

This also works, for example, with a free application such as iMazing HEIC Converter or Apowersoft’s HEIC to JPG Converter or an online converter such as HEIC to JPG. When you download the iMazing HEIC Converter, you get a small tool that you can use to drag and drop files to JPG or PNG format.

If you prefer not to install an app, use HEIC to JPG online. Simply open the page in your browser and drag and drop up to 30 HEIC files into the field provided.

The files are automatically optimized and converted, but you have to download each file individually, which is a bit of a hassle.

Procedure without converting the photos yourself

Do you want to avoid converting the photos as much as possible? No problem. As long as you still have the photos on your iPhone or iPad, you can select and share them via email or upload them to a cloud storage service.

When you do, they will be converted to JPEGs automatically. If you choose to share via email, you can choose the size – always choose the original (maximum) file size if you want to keep the best quality.

And if you’re using a cloud provider like Google Drive, the files should be saved with a .jpeg extension anyway.

You can also upload HEIC files to your Dropbox folder from your phone or PC. Dropbox already supports HEIC files (along with HEVC videos) so you can view and share the photos with your Dropbox account.

View HEIC / HEIF images on Windows via plug-in

Copytrans offers the free extension Copytrans HEIC for Windows. With this plug-in you can view and print the images in full preview quality in Windows Explorer. Right-click to convert the images to JPEG. So they can be used as usual with any image processing. You can even add HEIC photos directly in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. The plug-in is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10.

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This article is partially translated from a post by our UK colleagues at

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