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Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone X / 8/7
Part 1: Recover HEIC Photos Directly from iPhone
Part 2: Recover HEIC Photos from iTunes Backup
Part 3: Recover HEIC Photos from iCloud Backup
Extra Tips: How to Enable or Disable Taking HEIC Photos on iPhone

“Everyone has been talking about the heic photo format for a while, but I still can't view these heic photos on my iPhone 6s. Do you know why ? "

Have you ever asked yourself the same question? It could all be explained simply by the fact that this change started from the iPhone 7, following other new devices. Even though those on iPhone 6s or earlier cannot open images that are in this format, there is still something to be done about it..

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  • How to convert HEIC images to JPG online?
  • How to transfer HEIC images from iPhone X to old iPhone?

If you are on new iPhone (iPhone 7/7 Plus / 8/8 Plus / X / XR / XS / XS max), then you can handle HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) image format which can save you a lot of space. Especially when you are on a 32 or 63 GB iPhone. If you do not want to use this format, it is also possible to change it to the standard JPEG format which is more often used. On the other hand, it can sometimes happen that we accidentally delete pictures on our iPhone, so what if we accidentally deleted HEIC photos on our iPhone? Don't panic, these photos can be recovered just as easily as other formats like .jpg or .png. All you need is FonePaw - iPhone Data Recovery.

Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone X / 8/7

Part 1: Recover HEIC Photos Directly from iPhone

With FonePaw - iPhone Data Recovery software, you can easily recover lost or accidentally deleted HEIC photos on iPhone 7/7 Plus / 8/8 Plus / X / XR / XS / XS max and iPad, and this even without having made a backup beforehand. Here are the detailed steps on how to do it..

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Step 1: After downloading and installing FonePaw - iPhone Data Recovery, start it.

Step 2: Then go to “iPhone Data Recovery” → “Recover from iOS Device”. Plug in your iPhone, then click "Start."

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Step 3: The program will now scan the data in your iPhone to find the deleted photos. When the scan is complete you will be able to preview the HEIC photos by clicking on them..

Step 4: Select the photos you want to recover and then click “Recover”.

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Note: As we all know, HEIC photos cannot be viewed on Windows computers or older Mac models (High Sierra and later versions can open HEIC files). So, if you need to convert HEIC images to JPG, PBG or other formats, you can read the following article: How to convert HEIC / HEIF photos to JPG / PNG?

Part 2: Recover HEIC Photos from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Launch FonePaw - iPhone Data Recovery software, then go to “iPhone Data Recovery” → “Recover from iTunes Backup”.

Step 2: Analyze the chosen backup. If you had encrypted it with a password, please unlock your backup by entering your password. You can select an iTunes backup from a local folder when the program cannot display the one you are looking for. Then click on “Start”.

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Step 3: After scanning the backup file, you will be able to preview all the files that you had backed up. Select what you want to export from the PC and then click "Recover".

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Part 3: Recover HEIC Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Launch FonePaw - iPhone Data Recovery software, then go to “iPhone Data Recovery” → “Recover from iCloud Backup”.

Step 2: Log into your account by typing in your username and entering your password.

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Step 3: After logging in, you will be able to see the available backups in the list displayed on the screen. Select the backup you want and then download it.

Step 4: You will be able to preview all the data in your iCloud backup. Go to Camera Roll or other photo folders to find the HEIC photos you're looking for.

Step 5: Get the HEIC photos to your computer by clicking “Recover”.

Extra Tips: How to Enable or Disable Taking HEIC Photos on iPhone

You don't like this image format? You can disable taking HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) photos on your iPhone X / 8/7.

Step 1: On your iPhone go to “Settings” → “Camera” → “Formats”.

Step 2: Now you have the choice between “High Efficiency” for capturing HEIC photos and “Most Compatible” for capturing JPEG photos.

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There you have it, that's it for this article. We hope that the information provided has been of assistance to you. If you have any questions or want to share your appreciation, feel free to leave us a comment in the space below.


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