How to Upload HEIC Photos to iCloud on Windows PC or iPhone

Do you want to add photos to the iCloud account in HEIC format but are unable to do so? Read this step-by-step guide to learn how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud.

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Updated on Jun 21, 2024

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Now that we have shifted our ways of preserving visual memories to digital photos, there's a pressing need to optimize this technology. Fortunately, HEIC is an innovative image format that offers better graphic quality in smaller file sizes. However, using this complex format on different devices may be challenging, especially for unsupported platforms.

Handling HEIC files is easy for Apple users, but it gets tricky when you want to upload photos to your iCloud account. This guide will show you exactly how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud through Windows or directly on iPhone.

Part 1. How to Upload HEIC Photos to iCloud from PC Effortlessly

For those wondering how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud using their PCs, this section will cover everything related to this matter and help you import or upload files to iCloud from PC. Several effective techniques are available that can help you upload this format directly or indirectly, but we will discuss the most effective one to make the process easier for you. Now let's see how to convert HEIC to JPG on Windows.

#Takeaway: To upload HEIC photos to iCloud on a Windows PC, convert HEIC to JPG and then import the .jpg file from computer to iCloud for Windows or iCloud Web.

1. Convert HEIC to JPG First

One of the most straightforward approaches is to convert the inaccessible HEIC format into JPG, a universally accessible image format. However, this method requires robust and efficient software to handle this conversion while retaining the original quality.

That's where EaseUS MobiMover comes in, which lets you execute HEIC to JPG conversion in the most reliable way. Moreover, its batch processing capability allows you to select multiple HEIC pictures at once and convert HEIC photos to JPG altogether.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your PC and click "HEIC to JPG" on the navigation panel.

Open HEIC to JPG feature in EaseUS MobiMover

Step 2. Click "Browse" to select and add one or multiple HEIC photos from your PC. You can also drag and drop to import HEIC photos to EaseUS MobiMover here.

Add HEIC photos to EaseUS MobiMover from PC

Step 3. Click "Convert" or "Start All" to convert HEIC photos to JPG. After the HEIC to JPG conversion completes, you can click "View" button to check the converted JPG photo on your PC.

Click to start convert HEIC photos to JPG

Now that you are familiar with this mind-blowing software, let's delve into how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud through it. For this purpose, simply walk through the following straightforward instructions:

2. Upload JPG Photos to iCloud

After converting the HEIC format to JPG, you can upload photos directly to iCloud from the browser or iCloud for Windows. Users can also utilize EaseUS MobiMover for this upload process and have an even better experience. This tool lets you quickly sign into your iCloud account and manage your iCloud data with customizations (including editing, deleting, uploading, or downloading).

However, if you are interested in using iCloud for Windows and want to learn how to upload photos to iCloud from a PC, apply these steps:

Step 1. First, download and install the iCloud application from Microsoft Store and launch it. There, sign into your iCloud account by entering your Apple ID details. Afterward, set up iCloud photos by syncing them with your PC.

activate icloud photos option

Step 2. Following this, open the File Explorer app on your Windows PC and access the "iCloud Photos" option from the Navigation Pane. Here, drag and drop all the desired JPG files to import or and upload photos to iCloud from browser.

add the jpg files

Part 2. How to Upload HEIC Photos to iCloud from iPhone

Many users prefer solutions that work directly on their smartphones without requiring any third-party app. In this regard, there's another way to upload HEIC photos to iCloud right from your iDevice. Using iCloud Photo Library, you can easily upload HEIC photos to iCloud from your iOS device seamlessly.

To upload HEIC photos to iCloud from your iPhone, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on your name at the top of the screen.

Step 2. Tap iCloud and then select iCloud Photos. Toggle on the iCloud Photos option to enable it.

Step 3. Your HEIC photos will now be automatically uploaded to iCloud whenever you have an internet connection.

enable iCloud Photos

Alternatively, you can manually upload HEIC photos to iCloud by following these steps:

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone. Select the HEIC photos you want to upload to iCloud by tapping on them.

Step 2. Tap the Share icon (square with an arrow pointing up) at the bottom of the screen. Select iCloud from the list of options.

Step 3. Choose whether you want to upload the photos to iCloud Drive or iCloud Photos (your photo library). Tap Upload to start the upload process.


Part 3. Why Can't I Upload HEIC Photos to iCloud

Before the segments where we will let you know how this operation works, let's first determine the causes of this failure. After that, you can deal with it by avoiding the potential reasons. Here's a list of some of those prominent factors leading to it:

  • Compatibility Issues: If your device is older or runs an outdated operating system, it may not fully support HEIC files or iCloud features.
  • iCloud Settings: Insufficient iCloud storage space can prevent new photos from being uploaded. You may also face this issue if iCloud Photos is not enabled on your device.
  • File Corruption or Format Issues: Another crucial factor is the corruption of HEIC files or their non-standard saving, which can lead to failure to upload them to iCloud.
  • Network Issues: A poor or unstable internet connection can disrupt the upload process, preventing your HEIC photos from reaching iCloud.

Part 4. How to Take JPEG Photos on iPhone

In the previous sections, we have mentioned how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud after converting them to JPG. However, there's a built-in way right in your iPhone where you can take pictures and save them in JPEG without requiring any conversion. To enable this function, go through the provided instructions below:

Instructions: After opening "Settings," swipe down and go to the "Camera" settings. Then, tap the "Formats" option to see the available image formats to save. Now, select "Most Compatible" from the camera capture options to save your images in JPEG format.

enable the most compatible option

Part 5. Extra Tip: How To Transfer Google Photos to iCloud

Android users who just shifted to iPhone must be wondering how they can transfer Google Photos to their new iCloud account. Therefore, we will solve this matter as a bonus tip, allowing users to transfer data between cloud accounts effortlessly. For this purpose, the iCloud Manager feature of the EaseUS data transfer software comes as a handy tool to migrate data between Google Photos/Drive and iCloud Photos/Drive.

Furthermore, this cloud migration tool will allow you to shift photos from your iCloud directly to Google Photos without hassle. In this way, you can save time by manually saving those pictures to your device and then uploading them to iCloud or Google Photos.


To summarize, the HEIC format has facilitated users in preserving the photos in a more optimized form by reducing their file size while maintaining high quality. However, they face some challenging scenarios while uploading these unique format pictures to their iCloud account. Thus, we have shared with you the best methods to help you learn how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud through your iDevice or computer.

Essentially, we have introduced you to EaseUS MobiMover, which lets you convert multiple HEIC photos to JPG at the same time. If you have some images saved in this modern format and want to convert them, you can try this tool right away.

FAQs on How to Upload HEIC Photos to iCloud

Throughout the article, we have tried to cover almost every aspect to let you know how to upload HEIC photos to iCloud. Now, have a look at this section, which presents some of the commonly asked queries regarding this topic.

1. Can I convert HEIC to JPG in iCloud?

Yes, you can directly convert the HEIC to JPG in iCloud by just downloading the required pictures. You can also choose the "More Download Options" option by tapping on the "Three Dots" from the top right corner. Here, you can select the desired quality and format for your iCloud photos.

2. Why is iCloud downloading Photos in HEIC format?

iCloud downloads photos in HEIC format because HEIC is the default photo format for iPhones, offering better image quality at smaller file sizes than JPEG. This helps save storage space while maintaining high image quality.

3. Why can't I open HEIC photos on my computer?

You can't open HEIC photos on your computer because it may not have the necessary software or codecs installed to support this format. Older operating systems and some image viewers do not natively support HEIC files.

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Gorilla joined EaseUS in 2022. As a smartphone lover, she stays on top of Android unlocking skills and iOS troubleshooting tips. In addition, she also devotes herself to data recovery and transfer issues.

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