.HEIC File

.heic is High Efficiency Image Format

Key Features: .HEIC File Extension

Features Description
File Extension .heic
Format Binary
Created by Moving Picture Experts Group
Category Raster Image

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  1. How to open:
  2. How to convert:

What is an .HEIC file?

File extension heic is related to the High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image file format based on HEVC (High Efficiency Video Compression - H.265), developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) in 2013.

The heic file contains:

  • Image Items
  • Image Derivations
  • Image Sequences
  • Auxiliary Image Items
  • Image Metadata

The HEIC images requires less storage space than JPG images without quality loss.

HEIC (also known as HEIF) format is supported by iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra operating systems.

By default, iOS 11 uses HEIC format as a default format to store digital photos. However users can change HEIC format back to JPG by:

Settings → Camera → Formats and select Most Compatible option

heic MIME types:

Files with heic extension are high quality images in High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image format, developed by Moving Picture Experts Group.

How to open:

Use compatible tools to view content of .heic files.

How to convert:

The .heic files can be exported to other picture image file formats.
High Efficiency Image Format - File openers


  1. File Viewer Plus
  2. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
  3. Dropbox
  4. CopyTrans HEIC for Windows
  5. iMazing HEIC Converter
  6. Apowersoft Photo Viewer
  7. TunesBro HEIC Converter


  1. Apple Preview
  2. Apple Photos
  3. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
  4. Dropbox
  5. iMazing HEIC Converter
  6. TunesBro HEIC Converter


  1. Dropbox


  1. Apple iOS
  2. Dropbox
  3. Google Drive
  4. Google Photos


  1. Dropbox
  2. Simple Soft Alliance Luma: HEIF Viewer and Converter

Windows Phone

  1. Dropbox


  1. Dropbox
  2. Google Photos
  3. Google Drive

Moving Picture Experts Group

Raster Image


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