The most observant users have already noticed yet another change in iOS 11 – new photo and video formats, called HEIF and HEVC respectively. This move to new formats means that you probably encountered some problems transferring pictures to your Windows PC, the biggest being that your computer doesn’t support the new formats.
In this article, we are going to provide a simple solution to make your HEIC files compatible with Windows PC without losing quality. Click here to jump straight to the instructions.
HEIC is a new file format introduced by Apple at WWDC in June 2017. The photo format is now called HEIF, which stands for High Efficiency Image Format and the video format is called HEVC, which stands for High Efficiency Video Coding.
The idea behind this implementation is truly noble – almost everyone has seen that infuriating popup that says “Cannot take photo. There is not enough available storage to take a photo. You can manage your storage in Settings.” The new formats are intended to take up less valuable space on your iDevice. According to Apple and several independent tests, it can save up to 50% on storage needs compared to other formats.
Which devices support HEIC?
Not all devices support the new file formats. Currently, HEIC is supported by iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, and the newest iPhone X.
How to turn it off
If you feel like quality is more important to you than space, then you most likely would like to go back to jpeg. Luckily, it’s very easy to do in Settings. Go to Settings, then Camera and click Formats. As you might have guessed, High Efficiency is the new format, whereas Most Compatible is jpeg. Choose the latter to turn off HEIC and make sure your future pictures will always be in jpeg. Please note that your previous pictures taken in the HEIC format won’t be converted to jpeg.
Transfer your HEIC pictures to Windows PC
Since the formats are completely new, many apps don’t yet support them. The biggest problem for Windows users is that the format is not readable on the PC. In this article, I’ll describe two methods of downloading your HEIC pictures to PC in jpeg, heic, or both jpeg and heic formats.
Transfer HEIC to PC with CopyTrans Photo
It’s incredibly easy to transfer your heic pictures to your PC. With CopyTrans Photo, you can even make them readable on your PC. Let’s start!
Download CopyTrans Photo from the following page:
In the Settings tab, choose the format in which you wish to transfer the pictures to your PC. You can convert them to jpeg, transfer them in native heic, or even transfer both jpeg and heic if you want.
Make sure your Apple device is unlocked, connect it to your PC, locate the heic picture you wish to transfer, and just drag and drop it to the PC side.
Navigate to the folder where you transferred the photo and enjoy!
Transfer HEIC to PC with iCloud
If you use iCloud Photo Library, you can download your photos directly from the iCloud website. Go to the site and log in to your iCloud account. As soon as your photos are loaded, click on the download icon in the top right corner of the interface. You’ll see a familiar download pop-up.
NOTE: If you want to select several photos in iCloud Photo Library, you have to go one by one. If you need to back up a large amount of pictures, use CopyTrans Photo.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about heif and hevc, leave your questions in the comments!