How to get HEVC and HEIF support on Windows 10

If you are someone who downloads a lot of movies from the web then you might be aware of the HEVC file format or High-Efficiency Video Codec. For images, there’s HEIF or High-Efficiency Image File Format that improves compression and offers better image quality.

The usage of these file formats has increased ever since Apple started using it. With the October 2018 update, Microsoft also started supporting HEIF files however for the HEVC file, you need to install the codec. Hence, in this guide, we are going to show you how you can install support for HEIF and HEVC files on your Windows 10 computer. Without waiting further, let’s get started.


How to get HEVC and HEIF support on Windows 10

Step 1: Turn on your Windows 10 system and open a web browser of your choice.

Step 2: Open the Windows Store in your Web Browser and search for the app named “HEVC Video Extension from Device Manufacturer” and install it by clicking the “Get” button and “Install” button.

You can visit the page directly by clicking on this link.

Step 3: Once you’ve installed HEVC Video Extension from Device Manufacturer, search for another app named “HEIF Image Extension”, and follow the same steps to install it. You can also click on this link to visit the page directly.

That’s all once you’ve done this you will be able to view files with .heif and .hevc extensions on your Windows 10 computer. It is to be noted that HEVC Extension will only be available for free if you are signed in with your Microsoft account. Otherwise, you’ll be asked to redeem a code to install the app.