What is an HEIC File?

Instasize Team
July 2, 2024

What is an HEIC File?

Hey there, wondering what an HEIC file is? You're in the right place.

Understanding HEIC Files

First off, HEIC stands for High-Efficiency Image Container.

HEIC is the file format Apple uses for photos on iPhones and iPads since iOS 11.

Key Features of HEIC:

  • Better compression
  • Takes up less storage
  • Higher image quality

Pretty cool, right? Let's get into why HEIC is a game-changer.

Why Use HEIC?

HEIC is designed to save space without sacrificing image quality.

This means you can store more photos without filling up your storage.

Benefits of HEIC:

  • Efficient Storage: Compresses files more efficiently.
  • High Quality: Retains excellent image quality.
  • Versatility: Supports multiple images and transparency.

How to Open HEIC Files

So, you've got an HEIC file. Now what?

On iOS and macOS:

You’re golden. Apple natively supports HEIC.

On Windows and Android:

It’s a bit trickier but still doable.

You can use software like Instasize to convert HEIC to more universal formats like JPEG or PNG.

Using Third-Party Software:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • GIMP
  • HEIC to JPG converter tools

Editing HEIC Files

Editing HEIC files is a breeze especially with the right tool.

Editing on iOS and macOS:

Use built-in apps like Photos or Preview.

Editing with Instasize

Instasize makes editing HEIC files super simple.

Here's how:

  • Resize: Adjust the dimensions easily.
  • Optimize: Reduce file size without losing quality.
  • Background Removal: Get rid of unwanted backgrounds.
  • Magic Fill: Extend your image seamlessly.

Instasize works on iOS, Android, and Web.

Converting HEIC Files

Need to convert HEIC to other formats?

Using Instasize:

  • Step 1: Upload your HEIC file.
  • Step 2: Choose your desired format (JPEG, PNG etc.).
  • Step 3: Download your converted file. Easy-peasy.

Using Other Tools:

  • HEIC to JPG converter websites
  • Software like Adobe Photoshop


What is the difference between HEIC and JPEG?

HEIC offers better compression and higher quality compared to JPEG.

Can I view HEIC on Windows?

Yes, but you might need third-party software.

Is HEIC better than PNG?

Depends on use case. HEIC is better for photos, PNG is great for graphics.

How can Instasize help with HEIC files?

Instasize can resize, optimize, and convert HEIC files effortlessly.

And that’s it! Now you’ve got all the know-how on HEIC files. Go ahead and make the most out of your photos with Instasize!