“I recently got an iPhone 8 and been happily snapping away. By mistake I deleted some of my images. I didn’t have a backup of my images. I don’t know what to do? Please help me out.”  Is there any way to recover HEIF (.heic) images from iPhone 8?

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Now what is .heic? Do you know about it? Well everyone is saying that after the release of iOS 11, this .heic format has appeared in photos. But there are also many iPhone users who yet don’t have seen such image format till now.

However if you have the same question in your mind or if you any user has lost their .heic format photos from their iPhone then this blog will obviously help you and other users as well. Here you will know about HEIF (.heic) format and how to recover those from iPhone?

When I came to the situation that why older iPhone models cannot see this image format, I also saw that .heic image format only occurs on iPhone 7 and its later versions. So no user can change their image format to this new one if they have older devices. But also important to know about .heic format, so let us know what it is actually?

Method 1: What is an HEIF (.heic) format?

Method 2: Benefits of HEIF format compared to other image format

Method 3: Recover .heic photos from iOS device directly

Method 4: Restore lost .heic photos from iTunes Backup

Method 5: Rescue deleted .heic images from iCloud backup

What is an HEIF (.heic) format?

The HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) or also called as .heic are developed by Moving Picture Experts Group which supports High Efficiency Video Codec technique. And this method was newly implemented by Apple which was a part of iOS 11 update. This format helps users to store high quality images in very small space and almost half space taken by JPEG file format.

However if you want to apply this format on your device then you have to make some changes in the operating system. Although Apple has already made the changes with the iOS 11 update but still there are some issues which occurs in this format. The issues are like .heic image format does not support old iOS devices, Windows system, Android devices etc. And due to this problem, users are unable to view their HEIF images on Windows as there is no HEIC file viewer.

Also Read: How To Retrieve iPhone Photos from iCloud Backup on Windows/Mac!

Benefits of HEIF format compared to other image format

If you have latest iPhone models like iPhone 7, iPhone 8/X then it is good news for you because when your iPhone will save any images then it will be in HEIF file format. Those users who have the variant of 32GB or 64GB or if storage is running on their iPhones then this image format can really save a lots of space compared to other format like JPEG/JPG.

And there will not be any low quality image in this format. If you don’t want this format then you can easily change it to normal by going to settings. Apart from this, there are other advantages as well such as:

  • Has the ability to save multiple photos in same file
  • Also store image edit like rotating or cropping which have undo option
  • It supports transparency such as GIF files

All these are some of the benefits of .heic format but have you ever though how would you deal with when you accidentally delete images of HEIF format? Don’t have any idea, right? Don’t worry, Read further to know more…

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Method 3: How to recover lost .heic photos from iPhone 8/X directly?

Data loss situation is a common thing that comes to many iPhone users. But what if you delete HEIF photos from your iPhone? How to get back those especially when you don’t have any backup? Many users don’t keep a backup of their essential data and they have to face such trouble.

But still no need to worry because there are ways to restore those lost photos from your device. All thanks to iOS Device Recovery which is one of the best and known recovery software for iOS. This can help you when you are in need to recover any data lost from your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Once you have erased your .heic images from your phone, don’t be anxious because they can be recovered with the help of powerful software. The software not only rescue images of .heic format but also recovers other image format like .png and .jpg and also helpful in retrieving other essential data as well. So don’t wait, Download iOS Device Recovery Tool and recover your .heic photos from your iPhone.

NOTE– Stop using your iPhone immediately after you has come to know that you have lost your images. Because this can increase the chance of recovery otherwise if you continue to use it then you cannot get back the lost data as the data gets misplaced with new data.

Steps to recover lost .heic photos from iPhone

Step 1: Connect iOS Device with Computer

At first, there is a need to launch dr.fone toolkit on your computer. Now use the USB cable that comes with your iOS device so that you can connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, to your computer. Now click on “Data Recovery” and select “Recover from iOS Device” option.

Tips: Before you run dr.fone, you should to download the latest version of iTunes. In order to avoid the automatically sync, don’t launch iTunes when dr.fone toolkit is running. It is suggested that you disable the automatical syncing in iTunes beforehand. For this, you have to launch iTunes > Preferences > Devices, check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”.

Step 2: Scan Your Device for Lost Data on It

Now simply click the “Start Scan” button to start this program scan your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to scan for lost or deleted data. The scanning process may last a few minutes, most probably, depending on the amount of data on your device. During the scanning process, if you notice that the data you are looking for is present there, then you can click the “Pause” button in order to stop the process.

Step 3: Preview the Scanned Data

The scan will take some time. Once it’s finish, you can see a scan result that appears by the program. The lost and previous data on your device displays in categories. In order to filter out the deleted data on your iOS device, there is a need to swipe the option “Only display the deleted items” to ON. By clicking the file type in the left side, you can preview the found data. You can then see there is a search box on the top right of the window. There, you can search for a specific file by typing a keyword in the search box.

Step 4: Recover Data from Your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

When you find the data you are looking for, you just have to put the check mark in front of the box to select them. And then, click the “Recover” button at the bottom right of the window. By default, the recovered data will be saved to your computer. As for text messages, iMessage, contacts, or notes, when you click Recover, a pop-up will ask you to “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to Device”. If you want to put these messages back to your iOS device, click “Recover to Device”.


Now it is clear about HEIF (.heic) images format and whenever you cannot see this format then make sure you have the latest iPhone model. However when you lose your crucial data then you can follow the above blog carefully to get back all your erased .heic images from iPhone 8/X. iOS Device Recovery is a compatible tool which can help you in this situation.

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[GUIDE]- Easy Way to Restore HEIF (.heic) Photos from iPhone 8/X
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