Problems opening iOS 11 HEIF images on Windows? We teach you how to avoid them


As you know, the arrival of iOS 11 to the Apple terminals brought an important novelty as it is the adoption of the format HEIF in the images. A novelty that may have caused you a problem if you own an iPhone or an iPad and you used the camera to immortalize some time that you later passed through a memory external to your computer with Windows .

And it is that in doing so you have come across a file that is unreadable by your computer and therefore with an unpleasant surprise. If this format is not compatible with Windows there are different ways to use the photos without having to go through a process of conversion via web or some third party application.

When upgrading to iOS 11 with HEIF in the images they gain several GB of storage on the phone

HEIF is the acronym for High Efficiency Image File Format and has been created by MPEG developers. The new image format is based on HEVC / H.265 (of which we have already spoken on other occasions), a video compression codec that is gaining popularity in the last year and increasingly is used. It also includes enhancements such as the option to store images with a 10-bit color depth while JPEG is limited to 8 bits

It is a format designed to save storage space so that we can get up to 60% with the same photos that were previously stored in JPG. And as we do the photos we want to avoid the tedious task of converting them, we will explain how to avoid this incompatibility.





The first step and the least indicated is to change the HEIC format for JPG within the iPhone settings. It is about returning to the previous system and therefore losing one of the most outstanding improvements that iOS 11 offers. To do this simply go to the "Settings" of the device, look for the "Camera" option and inside it in "Formats "where we will switch from" High efficiency "mode to the most compatible. We went from using the HEIF format to using the JPEG format.

Synchronization in the cloud: best option

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That solution is one of them, but perhaps not the best. And it is that much more practice is the option to upload the photos to a service in the cloud . In this case Dropbox is perfectly valid, since although we have activated the HEIF format in iOS, the photos can be displayed when uploaded to the cloud.

So just set up the automatic upload from our mobile so that it sends them to the cloud and we have only clikcarlas with the mouse from our PC (if we have installed applications).

And the third option to enjoy the photos without having to convert them is send them by email . Not as comfortable as the other processes, especially if we have to share a significant number of photos, may be a valid option at a point in time.