The Best (Free) HEIC-to-JPG Converter for Windows and Mac

Utilities • Updated on Nov.8, 2018

Editor’s note (Nov.8, 2018): After additional testing, we’ve added a second pick for Windows PC and Mac – WALTR HEIC Converter.

Apple’s forward-looking HEIC image format is awesome until you run into compatibility issues because we’re still living in a JPEG world.

For Apple devices with iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra or newer, Apple was careful to add safeguards that prevent HEIC compatibility problems.

Apple’s systems can automatically convert shared HEIC images to .JPG. So if you share a HEIC file direct from your iPhone, then it will be in effect an internal format that gets converted into JPEG. And if you’re running a Mac with High Sierra, then you will also have no problems working with HEICs.

Microsoft is working on HEIC support for Windows 10, the company offers an extension in the Windows Store that you can download and install to view .HEIF files, and it’s free.

Moreover, you can also take advantage of AirDrop to send HEICs as JPEGs wirelessly to a Mac because AirDrop by default performs the HEIC to JPEG transcoding on the fly.

The trouble comes HEIC isn’t as compatible as JPGs. JPGs work everywhere.

You can’t display an HEIC image on incompatible devices like Android phones, Windows or Macs that don’t run the latest OS version.

If you’re looking for the best way to convert HEIC to JPG or PNG format, then you’re going to love this article.

Let’s get it on.

What the heck is HEIC?

HEIC is Apple’s new default image format in iOS 11, replacing JPEG.

Stored as .HEIC files, it is a version of technology called HEIF – High Efficiency Image Format – It’s the file format that latest HEVC-encoded images use.

HEIC files are great, the main advantage is that the file size is way smaller, which translates to less storage space required on your phone, and faster syncing of your iCloud Photo Library.

HEIC files are capable of storing multiple photos in one file, which is ideal for Live Photos and bursts. Audio and text can also be stored alongside image sequences. The new format can even store image edits, such as cropping and rotating so you can undo them.

Although this format is the best option we have at this moment, it isn’t supported on all platforms. For example, if you transfer photos from iPhone to PC and if those photos have the .heic extension, you cannot open them with default Photos app. You’ll need third-party software to open those files or to convert them to JPEG.

Online HEIC converters?

Yup, there are plenty of online tools you can use to convert HEIC files to standard JPG images. I get a little nervous, however, about sending over a ton of images to some random website.

For one, I have no idea what these sites will do with my photos(what if they make duplicates?).

Second, my photos might be way too large for them to process.

And third, well, the online HEIC converting website may not be able to handle all of my photos.

Happily, there are offline apps that make HEIC’s arrival easier to manage, whether that’s avoiding its pains or embracing its benefits.

Our pick for offline converting: iMazing HEIC Converter


As its name clearly states, this tiny and single-purpose tool that you can download to your PC or Mac that will help you convert HEIC files to the ubiquitous JPEG and PNG formats. Simply, and truly FREE.

Simple, drag-n-drop interface

The app’s as straightforward as we get. It’s one of the easiest apps to use that we tested.

After you’ve exported/transferred photos from your iPhone to your computer, launch iMazing HEIC Converter. You’ll be instructed to drag HEIF images from the Finder and drop them onto the app’s window.

Batch, fast Heic-to-jpg/png

You can add as many as photos you want, which is time-saving and efficient for massive conversion.

When choosing the ouput format from the menu, please note the lossless PNG format will solve the issue of transcoding artifacts and slight loss in image quality at the expense of file size.

This free HEIC converter provides the option to keep EXIF data when converting to jpg format. Ticking the box will yield JPEGs with valuable metadata saved by your camera, like the shutter speed, exposure, aperture and brightness values and much more.

You can also adjust the output quality to set your desired compression level. Note that higher values lead to better image quality and, consequently, bigger files. Lowering the compression quality produces smaller JPEGs, but you may notice perceptible loss in image quality.

The last area where iMazing is super helpful is with batch conversion. So you can convert multiple files or even an entire folder in one pass! In our test it converts the 60 images in just 19 seconds. It’s super fast.

Also great: WALTR HEIC Converter

This solution is created by the team who developed WALTR – a magic drop are for your Apple device. Just like this app, HEIC Converter is exceptionally simple and intuitive.


Similar to iMazing, you can simply drop HEIC files into WALTR HEIC Converter, choose ‘jpeg’ from the drop-down mean and hit ‘Convert’. Alternatively, you can just right-click on any .heic photo to convert it to jpg (png).

The app is 100% Free. It works on both, Windows & Mac.We truly love the interface, it’s beautifully designed. You may download it free from their official website here.

Other apps

CopyTrans HEIC for Windows – A simple software to open and view HEIC images on Windows PC. After you install it, you can convert a HEIC file by right-clicking its icon and choosing ‘Convert to JPEG with CopyTrans’ from the menu. The software then makes a copy of the selected file in the JPEG format. Additionally, CopyTrans HEIC for Windows also supports Microsoft Office, but it doesn’t let you alter image quality rate.

Fonepaw Free HEIC Converter – A practical desktop app for both Mac and PC that help you to manage your HEIC/HEIF images taken by iPhone 7 or later. You’re able to convert HEIC files into JPG/PNG photos one by one or in a batch mode. It’s practical, but with outdated UI.

Conclusion

There exists a variety of HEIC Converters that you can go with. Depending on your computer’s OS, there are HEIC Converters for windows and HEIC converters for Mac.

If you want batch conversion and easier navigation, either of our top picks: iMazing HEIC Converter and WALTR HEIC Converter , will serve you well.

By | 2018-11-09T06:56:23+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Utility|