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How to convert HEIC to JPEG

How to convert HEIC to JPEG
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Need to know how to convert HEIC to JPEG? Anyone who owns both an iPhone and a Windows 10 PC may have encountered problems with Apple's HEIC (High Efficiency Image File) format for photos. Not because the format itself is bad — it allows for higher quality than JPEG with smaller file sizes — but because Windows can’t open HEIC photos by default.

That’s where our guide on how to convert HEIC files to JPEG can come in handy. In just a few short steps, we’ll show you how to change any HEIC files saved on your PC or laptop into a format that Windows can understand.

There are Windows extensions that let you open an HEIC file in the Photos app, but you might still face compatibility problems when trying to open your iPhone photos in other Windows-based software. That’s why we think it’s better to convert your HEIC files to JPEG, so you’ll always have a readily usable copy of every photo.

iMazing HEIC Converter, a free app available from the Microsoft Store, is perfect for this task. It converts HEIC files to JPEG (or PNG) format in just a few clicks, and can convert in batches so you don’t need to repeat the process for every single photo. Read on for how to use it.

How to convert HEIC to JPEG

1. Search for iMazing HEIC Converter in the Microsoft Store and click “Get” to start installing it.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 1: Find iMazing HEIC Converter in the Microsoft Store and click Get

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2. You should get a notification when the download is ready. Click “Launch” to open iMazing HEIC Converter.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 2: Click Launch

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3. With iMazing HEIC Converter open, drag and drop your HEIC files into the app window. You can do this with a single photo, or with multiple files at once.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 3: Drag and drop HEIC files into converter window

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4. Make sure “JPEG” is selected in the drop-down list, though the app lets you convert to PNG too, if that's your preferred image format. 

Select your desired quality — you might as well move the slider to the “100” position to get the best possible quality.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 4: Select JPEG as file type and specify quality level

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5. Click “Convert,” then select where on your computer you’d like to save the converted files. Finally, click “OK.”

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 5: Click Convert, choose where to save converted files, then click OK

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6. And that’s that: after a few seconds your HEIC files will be converted to JPEG, so you can open them without any problems. 

You can either click “Show Files” to view the JPEG images in Windows Explorer, or click “OK” to finish.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG step 6: Click Show Files to view or click OK to finish

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James Archer

James joined Tom’s Guide in 2020, bringing years of experience in consumer tech and product testing. As Audio Editor, James covers headphones, speakers, soundbars and anything else that intentionally makes noise. A PC enthusiast, he also covers the occasional spot of computing and gaming news, usually relating to how hard it is to find graphics card stock.