.HEIC File Extension

High Efficiency Image File Format

The HEIC file format stores one or more images likely taken by an iPhone or iPad. It is used to save storage space. HEIC files have the .heic extension. They may also use .HEIF. If you cannot open H...

General Information

Title HEIC File Extension
Extension .heic
Full Form High Efficiency Image File Format
File Type Image File
Developer Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)
MIME Type image/heic

File Function

Primary Function Store images
Additional Functions Sequence of images
Features High efficiency, Compression

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Photography Yes
Image Storage Yes
Mobile Devices Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Low
Best Practices Regular updates, Software compatibility

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2015
Latest Version Included in HEIF standard

Associated Types

Related Extensions .heif, .avci, .avcs, .hevc

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Apple Photos Free Mac, iOS
Microsoft Windows Free extension Windows 10, 11
Adobe Lightroom Subscription Windows, Mac