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About HEIF Image Extensions

HEIF Image Extensions is an official Windows extension that enables users to open and view photos in the advanced HEIF format. This format offers significant improvements over traditional image formats like JPEG, providing better compression, higher quality, and additional features.

Key Features:

1. Advanced Compression:

HEIF format uses the same encoding algorithm as HEVC, a widely used format for 4K videos and movies on the internet. This advanced compression technology allows HEIF images to be half the size of a traditional JPEG while maintaining the same quality or twice the quality while occupying the same amount of space.

2. Versatile File Format:

HEIF codec supports files in .HEIF or .HEIC format. To work with .HEIC files, the HEVC video codec must also be installed. The versatility of HEIF and HEIC formats enables encoding not only photos but also text, audio, interactive photos, and animations.

3. Native Support on Devices:

Many devices, including iPhones, have already adopted the HEIF format as their default image format for capturing high-quality photos that take up half the space. To open these photos natively in Windows, users need to install HEIF Image Extensions.

4. Seamless Integration with Windows:

By downloading and installing HEIF Image Extensions, users can view HEIF images natively in the Windows Photos app without the need for additional third-party software. This seamless integration provides a consistent and user-friendly experience while working with HEIF images.

5. Future-Proof Format:

As more devices and platforms adopt the HEIF format, it is becoming increasingly important to have native support for this advanced image format in Windows. HEIF Image Extensions ensures that users can enjoy the benefits of this cutting-edge technology today and in the future.

Reviewed by Jason A. Bilbrey


Updated onOct 30, 2023
DeveloperMicrosoft Corporation

Old Versions

HEIF Image Extensions1.0.63001.0
Oct 30, 2023
HEIF Image Extensions1.0.62561.0
Sep 18, 2023
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HEIF Image Extensions for PC
Open HEIF and HEIC encoded files and images on Windows.
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How to download and Install HEIF Image Extensions on Windows PC

  • Click on the Download button to start downloading HEIF Image Extensions for Windows.
  • Open the .exe installation file in the Downloads folder and double click it.
  • Follow the instructions in the pop-up window to install HEIF Image Extensions on Windows PC.
  • Now you can open and run HEIF Image Extensions on Windows PC.