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How to open HEIC files on Windows 10

With this software installed, you can open HEIC pictures with the native Windows Photos Viewer by double-clicking them in File Explorer.

Furthermore, the software extends support for the format to MS Office applications so that you can insert HEIC images in Word and Excel documents or PowerPoint presentations.

All you really need to do is install CopyTrans HEIC. Click the Download button on the CopyTrans HEIC webpage to save the software’s setup wizard.

Then open the installer to add the software to Windows, and hey presto, you can open HEIC files within the platform’s native apps!


3. Preview HEIC Images in Dropbox

You don’t necessarily need to open HEICs with photo viewers. Dropbox is one of the cloud storage services that supports Apple’s new file format.

So Dropbox users can upload HEIC images from Apple iOS 11 devices and preview them in their Windows browsers.

When you’ve uploaded the file to Dropbox, select the image and click its eye icon to preview it.


4. Open HEIC images with File Viewer Plus

  1. You can add File Viewer Plus to Windows 10 by clicking Try Free on the software’s website.
  2. Open the FVP setup wizard to install the software.
  3. When you’ve installed FVP, open the software’s window.
  4. Click File, then click Open to select the HEIC file.
  5. After opening the file, you can click the Edit tab to select further editing options for resizing and adjusting images and adding effects to them.

Some third-party software for Windows supports the HEIC format. File Viewer Plus is universal file opener software with which you can open HEIC photos.

FVP is a little more than a file viewer as it includes a few editing options to adjust photos with.

Download File Viewer Plus


5. Open HEIC images with Apowersoft Photo Viewer

Apowersoft Photo Viewer is a third-party photo viewer that supports the HEIC file format. The software is compatible with Windows 10.

You can install it by clicking the Download Desktop Version button on the software’s website.

After installing the software with its setup wizard, click the button at the top of the Apowersoft Photo Viewer window; and select the Open option. Then you can choose a HEIC image to open within the software.


So that’s how you can add HEIC support to Windows or open the files with alternative third-party software.

Now you can transfer HEIC photos from your Apple devices straight to Windows without needing any file converter software.

We hope that you found the best way to open your HEIC files in Windows 10. If you happen to know more methods, let us know in the comments section below.


FAQ: Learn more about HEIC files

A HEIC file is a data container that contains one or more images saved in the High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF), a file format. Here’s a guide on how to open a HEIC file.

  • Where are HEIC files used?

HEIC files are most commonly used to store photos on mobile devices, both Android and iOS.

  • How do I open HEIC files in Windows 10?

Unfortunately, all solutions that will allow you to open HEIC files in Windows 10 involve downloading some extra third-party photo viewers.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2018 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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