While there are hundreds of file extension types, the HEIF and HEVC have their own charm ever since Apple started using it. These were chosen by many OEMs because of their nature, as they could equip better resolution of media. While these are popular among many, Microsoft hasn’t included support for them in Windows 10 yet. Yet, it can happen. Here’s how;

How to Enable HEIF and HEVC Files in Windows 10

The High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) and High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) file formats are fairly considered by developers until Apple picked it. The Cupertino company has chosen the HEIF formats for its images and HEVC for its videos and extended support for all of its devices to view them.

Since they have risen in popularity, Microsoft too has started supporting the HEIF files from its Windows 10 update of October 2018. But, the support for HEVC is yet to arrive. While this may take longer considering Microsoft dealing with its unfortunate security updates, users can enable it by installing third-party apps in their systems.

Here’s how;

  1. Open the Web Browse
  2. Go to Windows Store and search as “HEVC Video Extension from Device Manufacturer” in the search bar. This will get you the compatible app for supporting HEVC files.
  3. Hit on Get and Install.

If not this, you can click here to visit the app’s page directly.

If you’re also interested to get your system support HEIF files, try the below process;

Go to the same Windows Store and search as “HEIF Image Extension“, and click on Get and Install.

If not this, you can click here to visit the app’s page directly.

A thing to note here is that you should be signed in to your Microsoft account in order to get these apps for free. If not, you’ll be asked to redeem a code to avail them.


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