What is HEIF image extensions? How to uninstall this app.

What is HEIF image extensions? How to uninstall this app.

There are various preinstalled apps in Windows 10, but some may wonder that HEIF Image Extensions shown in “Apps & Features” is really unnecessary.

Even the software that was installed arbitrarily will always be upgraded automatically, so the application itself will take up space, and the temporary file of the upgrade will slow down the whole operation of Windows 10.

Should I remove HEIF image extensions? This article explains the safe uninstallation method.



What is HEIF image extensions? Do I need it?

An app from Microsoft that allows you to read and write files that use the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format on Windows 10 devices. The file extension is .heic or .heif.

When shooting with an iPhone equipped with iOS 11, it is saved in HEIF format, but since it is a format that can achieve high image quality and high compression rate, it may be popularized in other OSs in the future. Therefore, we recommend that you do not remove it.

However, depending on the use of the personal computer, there are cases where image files are not handled at all (such as setting up a web server), so in that case you may consider it unnecessary and remove it.

How to remove

You can’t remove it from the normal menu, but you can do it using a slightly more advanced method.

Advanced method

Send a command from the keyboard to Windows 10 to remove it.

Call the app “PowerShell”. Right-click on the taskbar and select [Taskbar Settings].

There is a switch that is wrote “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu When I right-click the start button or press Windows key + X”. Change to On position.

You can now close this setting screen.

Right-click on the start button. Then, there is a display of [Windows PowerShell (admin)] in the middle, so open it by left click. If you may be asked Go or Cancel, select Yes to open Windows PowerShell.

Put in the Windows PowerShell screen the following character string from the keyboard.


Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension | Remove-AppxPackage

Type and press Enter, so you can remove the HEIF image extensions.

If you are in trouble

There are other ways to start Windows PowerShell, so if the above doesn’t work,

(1) Right click on the start button. Then, there is [Search] menu at the bottom, so open it by left click.
Type PowerShell in the search box, and left-click [Run as administrator].

(2) Follow the list of apps in the start menu, display [Windows PowerShell], right-click and click [Run as administrator].

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