What is a .HEIC File And How To Open It – Moving Picture Experts Group (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .heic extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .heic file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .HEIC file?

The .HEIC file extension is from High Efficiency Image Format. The development of this file was done by Moving Picture Experts Group. The format of this raster related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .heic file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .HEIC file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .HEIC file on various operating systems.

How to open a .HEIC file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .heic file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP and Adobe Premiere Rush software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .HEIC file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .HEIC file on Mac

The .heic file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Preview, Apple Photos, GIMP, Adobe Premiere Rush and iMazing HEIC Converter software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .HEIC file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Preview software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .HEIC file on Linux

The .heic file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .HEIC file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .HEIC file on Android

The .heic file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .HEIC file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Dropbox and Adobe Premiere Rush software and install it. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .HEIC file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .heic file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Adobe Premiere Rush in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the Apple Photos, Dropbox, Google Drive and Adobe Premiere Rush software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .HEIC file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Dropbox and Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .HEIC file?

If you cannot open the .HEIC file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .HEIC file.heif – Moving Picture Experts Group, .help – Apple, .helpcfg – Adobe, .helpindex – Help Index Document, .hes – Takashi Mamiya. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .HEIC file with the GIMP, Adobe Premiere Rush programs on Windows, Apple Preview, Apple Photos, GIMP, Adobe Premiere Rush, iMazing HEIC Converter programs on Mac, GIMP software on Linux, Dropbox, Adobe Premiere Rush software on Android, Adobe Premiere Rush, Apple Photos, Dropbox, Google Drive software on iOS and Dropbox, Google Drive programs in the Browser.