How to download HEVC codec for H.265 video for free in Windows 10

If you have an iPhone or other device that uses HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec, H.265) video by default, these videos may not play on your Windows 10 computer by default, due to the lack of the necessary codec in your default system.

In this simple instruction on how to download the HEVC codec for Windows 10 (and do it for free), as well as additional information that may be useful, such as how to play HEVC in older versions of the operating system. Also useful: How to open HEIC (HEIF) files in Windows 10.

HEVC codec free download from Windows Store

When running a video with the HEVC codec in the Windows 10 built-in player, you will be prompted to install paid extensions for this format. If you go to the Windows Store app store and search for HEVC, the codec is found as "HEVC Video Extensions", but Microsoft suggests that you buy it, which means that it is not available for free:

And it is not something suitable for all users without exception. Luckily for us, there are also free HEVC codecs in the Windows 10 app store, which for some reason cannot be found through search, but can be opened by knowing the address.

  1. If we go to this direct link in the browser, we will get the result that appears in the following screenshot .
  2. To download the HEVC codec for free, just click "Get", the Windows Store will open to the "HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer" page. Click "Get" and download the HEVC codec for free.


Just in case, I remind you that many media players have their own built-in codecs for HEVC (H.265) playback and they work not only on Windows 10, but also on older versions of the system. One such player that I recommend is VLC, about it in the review VLC is more than just a media player.