Apple’s iPhone comes with High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) format support, which is the standard. It is called H.265 or MPEG-H Part and is an AVC, H.264 or MPEG-4 receiver. HEVC format maintains the same video quality by doubling the data compression rate and supports 8K UHD 8192 x 4320 resolution. Microsoft previously supported opening “.hevc” files, but starting with version 1709, they removed this codec. Many iPhone users upload videos to their PC and wonder how to open a video in “.hevc” format in their Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. Also, what codec do they need to download for this? Let’s take a look at what codec you need to download to play the HEVC video on Windows 11/10.
How to download HEVC (H.265) codec for Windows 11/10
Now in the search box type HEVC Video Extensions and click on the search icon.
You will see the HEVC Video Extension that costs $0.99.
Login to your Microsoft account.
Pay the amount using a credit card.
Where can I get a free HEVC codec?
Microsoft has released the codec for $0.99 in its Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store has a developer codec that plays HEVC videos on Windows 11/10. Currently, the codec is available by activating the code. If you don’t want to download the Microsoft Corporation’s HEVC codec then you will have to install a third-party video player VLC. So you can play HEVC Videos on Windows 10/11 PC without having to purchase them from the Microsoft Store.
- Download & Install the VLC player by clicking here.
- Head over to the path: Settings > Apps > Default apps.
- Choose VLC as the default video player.
- Now you will be able to play all of your HEVC videos for free.