iOS 11 took the world by shock when smartphone users realized that iPhones would be saving photos in HEIC format from that point on. Not only does this mean that iOS users have to adapt, but it means that if iOS users send the pictures that they take to Android users, then those Android users won't be able to view the photos. Unfortunately, this means that as beneficial as the HEIC format is for photo storage, it has a pretty big negative factor to consider.

Our focus in this article will be to show you how to convert, transfer HEIC to Android from iPhone directly, how to transfer and view HEIC images on Android devices from computer, without having to go through a tedious process.

What is HEIC?

If you aren't already aware of what the HEIC format is, it simply means that when you take a photo using an iPhone, instead of storing it as JPEG (which is what photos used to be stored as on iPhones), your iPhone will store it as HEIC. There are a lot of benefits to this, but it means that if you're on an Android device, then you have to know how to transfer and view HEIC images on Android with a conversion process.

However, the main benefit of this format is that your photos don't fill as much storage space and as a result, you don't have to worry about your storage filling up as fast as before.

Part 1. How to Convert & Transfer HEIC to Android from iPhone Directly with TunesGo

The first thing that we're going to be focussing on is showing you how to transfer your photos from an iPhone over to an Android device directly. You are able to do this by simply connecting your Android and iPhone devices to a computer and dragging the photos across, but this will only transfer HEIC to Android and won't convert the images.

By using the method that we're going to be walking you through below, you can convert and transfer HEIC to Android from iPhone directly because TunesGo will convert the photos from HEIC to JPEG at the same time.

Step #1 – Start by downloading and installing TunesGo on your computer.

Download TunesGo (Windows Version)Download TunesGo (Mac Version)

Step #2 – After it has been installed, launch TunesGo and connect both your iPhone and Android phone using the appropriate USB cables.

Step #3 – TunesGo will detect this connection and from the drop-down menu at the top-left, make sure that your iPhone is the selected device.

Step #4 – The main menu will display all of the program's key features. From this list, click on “Phone to Phone Transfer“.

Step #5 – Both of your phones will be shown side-by-side. Make sure that your Android device is the “Target Device” (if it isn't, you can use the drop-down menu below it to change it), and click “Next“.

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Step #6 – From the menu that will now be shown, select “Photos” from the list of data types, then click on “Transfer” to proceed.

Step #7 – After a few minutes, your HEIC photos will be converted to JPEG and transferred to your Android device.

The method above has shown you how to transfer all of your iPhone's photos, although if you'd rather transfer only a few photos, follow the steps below.

Step #1 – Download, install, and launch TunesGo on your computer.

Download TunesGo (Windows Version)Download TunesGo (Mac Version)

Step #2 – Connect your iPhone and Android devices using the required USB cables.

Step #3 – From the top-left drop-down menu, select your iPhone.

Step #4 – Click on the “Photos” tab from the top panel; this will show you all of the photos which are stored on your iPhone.

Step #5 – Go through each of the photo albums using the left menu and select the photos which you want to transfer HEIC to Android.

Step #6 – After selecting all of the photos, click on the “Export” button followed by the name of your Android device.

Step #7 – After a few seconds, TunesGo will have transferred the HEIC photos to Android.

All in all, using TunesGo to convert and transfer HEIC to Android from your iPhone is incredibly simple to do and is worth considering if you have recently purchased a new Android phone.

More About TunesGo

TunesGo is a great program to use when you want to transfer and view HEIC images on Android. However, it's capable of a lot more than this.

  • Rebuild iTunes Library. If your iTunes library corrupts after you update iTunes, don't worry, you haven't completely lost your media. With this feature, you're able to recover your lost iTunes files, restore them, and transfer them onto your devices without any compatibility problems.
  • App Manager. When you get a new phone, you'll spend at least a few hours installing your apps and transferring contact information. Rather than installing your apps individually, you can use TunesGo's built-in app manager to install all of your apps at once. If you're clearing out your iPhone, you can also use this feature to uninstall multiple apps at once!
  • iTunes to Android. One of the limits to swapping from an iPhone to an Android phone is that you can't use iTunes to transfer your media over. Fortunately, TunesGo provides you with the tools that you need to transfer media from your iTunes library straight over to your Android device, without any compatibility issues.

Even if you aren't interested in transferring your HEIC photos to an Android device, it's worth taking a few minutes out of your day to install this program, look around, and try out some of the features that it has to offer – you won't regret it!

Part 2. How to Convert, Transfer and View HEIC Images on Android from Computer

Another option that you have to transfer HEIC to Android is using dr.fone – Android Transfer and iMyFone HEIC Converter. Both of these programs can be used alongside each other so that you can convert the HEIC photos, transfer them, then view or send them to a friend who has an Android device.

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The first set of steps that we're going to show you will walk you through using iMyFone HEIC Converter and how you can use it to convert your photos.

Step #1 – First, download iMyFone HEIC Converter onto your computer and install it as instructed.

Download iMyfone HEIC Converter (Windows Version)

Step #2 – Once you have the program open, connect your iPhone using a lightning cable and wait a few seconds for your device to be recognized.

Step #3 – Using the main menu, either choose to “Convert Single Photo” or “Convert Photos in Batch“. Simply click “Start” below the relevant option.

Step #4 – You can locate your iPhone's photo in the folder located at “This PC\Device Name\ Internal Storage\DCIM”. Simply drag each of the photos that you want to have converted into the program's user interface.

Step #5 – After adding the photos, you can adjust the quality of the photos, and you must select a file location to have the converted photos saved.

Step #6 – Lastly, after doing these things, click on the “Convert” button and the conversion process will begin.

Now that you know how to convert JPEG photos using the method that we have shown you above, you can follow the next steps that we've provided you with below to transfer HEIC to Android using dr.fone – Android Transfer.

Step #1 – For this method, make sure that you have downloaded and installed dr.Ffone – Android Transfer onto your computer.

Download dr.fone (Windows Version)Download dr.fone (Mac Version)

Step #2 – Launch dr.fone – Android Transfer and connect your Android device using a USB cable.

Step #3 – After the program has detected the connection, click on the “Photos” tab from the menu at the top of the display.

Step #4 – This will show you all of the photos that are currently stored on your device. Click on the import icon (the first icon above your photos) followed by either “Add File” or “Add Folder“.

Step #5 – Since we previously saved our converted photos in a folder, we will select “Add Folder”.

Step #6 – A file explorer will appear on your screen. Use this window to locate the folder / single image that you want to transfer and view HEIC images on Android, and click “Open“.

Step #7 – The folder full of JPEG photos will now be available on your Android device.

Regardless of whether you choose to use TunesGo on its own, or iMyFone HEIC Converter with Dr.Fone Android Transfer, you'll be able to transfer and view HEIC images on Android in no time at all.

More About dr.fone – Android Transfer

On top of dr.fone – Android Transfer being a great program to transfer HEIC to Android, it is equipped with a lot of other useful data management tools. We've detailed some of this program's key features below.

  • Limitless Transfers. Unlike iTunes, when you transfer media between iOS and Android devices, there are no limits to the types of data that you can transfer and how much data you can transfer with Dr.Fone – Android Transfer.
  • Selectively Transfer Data. When you are managing your iPhone's data with iTunes, such as your photos, you must transfer all of the photos which are stored in your iTunes library – you aren't able to individually transfer photos without overwriting your iPhone's albums. With Dr.Fone – Android Transfer you can select the specific files that you want to have transferred.
  • File Explorer. While you might not find yourself using this feature frequently, the Dr.Fone file explorer allows you to dig deeper into your iOS device's storage and remove any unused files, or simply learn about what the iOS storage system is like.
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Not only will this piece of software prove to be useful for transferring HEIC photos, but as you can see the features above, it's one of the best iTunes alternatives out there.

Why Use iMyFone HEIC Converter?

Now that you know how to transfer and view HEIC images on Android, you might be wondering why you should use iMyFone HEIC Converter rather than some of the other HEIC converters out there. On top of that, you might still be curious as to why you should convert your photos from HEIC to JPEG.

  • HEIC format isn't supported by the Android operating system, and thus if you want to share your iOS photos with your friends and family, then you have to convert HEIC to JPEG first.
  • With iMyFone HEIC Converter, you can convert your photos either one at a time or in batch.
  • Since all of iMyFone HEIC Convert's photo conversions are done using a program, rather than a website, none of your personal information or photos will be leaked.

If you would prefer that all of your photos are stored in JPEG format like they used to be, you can change your iOS settings to do so. Simply follow the steps below.

Step #1 – Unlock your iPhone and tap on the “Settings” app to open it up.

Step #2 – Swipe down and tap on “Camera” followed by “Formats“.

Step #3 – To save your photos as JPEG, select “Most Compatible“. To save your photos as HEIC, select “High Efficiency“.

While this is an option, HEIC format can be incredibly beneficial if you take a lot of photos when using your iPhone. You'll notice that your storage capacity is filled up at a slower rate with this format.

To Conclude

It might seem frustrating that you have to go through so much hassle to transfer and view HEIC images on Android, but until the Android system is updated and supports the HEIC format, there are no other options available. With both of the methods that we showed you above, not only are you able to use these programs for transferring your photos, but your photos are also converted simultaneously – these are without a doubt the most effective methods to get the job done.