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How to Convert HEIC to PNG on Windows

If you've recently switched to a Windows PC from an Apple device, you may have encountered issues viewing HEIC image files. HEIC (High-Efficiency Image Codec) is a newer image format designed to capture high-quality photos while minimizing file size. While Windows doesn't natively support HEIC files, there are several ways to convert HEIC to PNG on your Windows computer.

This guide will walk you through three simple methods for converting HEIC images to the more widely compatible PNG format on Windows 10 and 11. We'll cover using the built-in Microsoft Photos app, free online converters, and a third-party software called Slik Safe for bulk converting, sharing across devices, and storing your original HEIC files indefinitely.

Why Convert HEIC to PNG

Compatibility Issues: HEIC files are not universally supported across devices and platforms outside the Apple ecosystem. Many non-Apple devices, older operating systems, and web browsers struggle to open HEIC images natively. Converting to PNG ensures your images can be viewed and shared seamlessly with friends, colleagues, or clients who may not use Apple products.

Software Limitations: Numerous software applications and online platforms have yet to integrate support for HEIC files. This can be problematic when editing, uploading, or sharing images in their original HEIC format. Converting to PNG circumvents compatibility issues, allowing you to work with your images across various software and online services without restrictions.

Transparency Support: PNG files support transparency, which is useful for graphic design and web development purposes. If your HEIC images contain elements that require transparency, converting to PNG is the best option.

Methods to Convert HEIC to PNG on Windows

Using the Photos App

Windows 10 and 11 come with a built-in Photos app that allows you to convert HEIC files to PNG format. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the HEIC image in the Photos app.
  2. Click the three-dot menu and select "Save as".
  3. In the "Save as type" dropdown, select "PNG".
  4. Choose a location and click "Save".

Third-Party Software Solutions

For batch conversion or additional features, third-party software like Slik Safe is an excellent choice. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install Slik Safe from their official website.
  2. Open the application and select the HEIC files you want to convert.
  3. Choose "PNG" as the output format.
  4. Click "Convert" to start the process.
  5. The converted files will be saved to your specified location.

Benefits of Slik Safe:

  • Batch Conversion: Convert multiple HEIC files to PNG at once, saving you time and effort.
  • High-Quality Output: Slik Safe ensures that the image quality is maintained during the conversion process.
  • Metadata Preservation: The software retains important metadata such as camera settings and location information.
  • Secure Storage: Slik Safe allows you to store your original HEIC files indefinitely, ensuring you have access to the highest quality versions of your photos.
  • Device Sharing: Easily share converted files across multiple devices, enhancing accessibility and convenience.

Online Conversion Tools

For quick, web-based conversions, you can utilize online tools like FreeConvert or Slik Safe. These services let you upload your HEIC files and download the converted PNG versions, although some may have limitations on the number of files or file sizes.

  1. Open a web browser and go to a conversion website like FreeConvert or HEICtoPNG.
  2. Upload your HEIC files from your computer.
  3. Select "PNG" as the output format.
  4. Click "Convert" and download the converted images.

Tips for Quality Conversion

Adjusting Compression Settings: Most conversion tools allow you to adjust the output quality and compression level for the converted PNG files. Higher quality settings result in larger file sizes but better image quality, while lower quality settings produce smaller files at the expense of reduced image clarity. Experiment with different compression levels to find the right balance between file size and image quality for your needs.

Batch Processing Options: If you need to convert multiple HEIC files at once, look for tools that offer batch processing capabilities. This can save significant time compared to converting files individually. Some tools like Slik Safe and TunesBro HEIC Converter allow you to add entire folders containing HEIC files for batch conversion, streamlining the process.

Maintaining Metadata: Metadata, or EXIF data, embedded in image files can contain valuable information like camera settings, location data, and timestamps. When you convert HEIC to PNG, choose a tool that preserves this metadata in the output files. Applications like Slik Safe and iMazing HEIC Converter are designed to retain metadata during the conversion process, ensuring your PNG files retain important details.

This guide has explored several methods to convert HEIC files to the widely accepted PNG format on Windows 10 and 11. Whether using the built-in Photos app, online converters, or a dedicated third-party solution like Slik Safe, you now have the tools to seamlessly work with your HEIC images.

Slik Safe not only offers batch conversion capabilities but also allows you to share converted files across devices and store your original HEIC files indefinitely. Download Slik Safe to streamline your HEIC to PNG conversion process, ensuring your images are accessible and shareable with anyone, regardless of their device or platform.

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