Download HEVC (H.265) Codec for Windows 11/10

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 on their Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. Also, what codec do they need to download for this? Let’s 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

Firstly, visit Microsoft Store by clicking on the store icon on the Taskbar.

In the search box, type HEVC Video Extensions and click on the search icon.

HEVC Video Extensions

You will see the HEVC Video Extension, which costs $0.99.

Login to your Microsoft account.

Pay the amount using your 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, 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.
  • Select VLC as the default video player.
  • Now you will be able to play all of your HEVC videos for free.

Editor’s Pick: You can download Windows 11 22H2 ISO here.

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