HEVC or High-Efficiency Video Coding extension helps play videos on the native Windows apps. But, these don’t come bundled with the OS, and you will have to separately install the HEVC extension in Windows 11.
A codec is basically anything that encodes or decodes signals. The HECV, also known as H.265, is the latest in the series. So if you tried playing a video on one of the built-in players in Windows and were unable to do so, it’s likely that the HEVC extension is missing.
In the following sections, we will understand the need for these and the process to install the HEVC extension in Windows 11. We have included both, paid and the free method.
Do I need the HEVC extension?
Most video streaming services and even iPhones use the HEVC codecs. And if you don’t have it installed, playing videos shot on an iPhone won’t be possible. You will likely receive an error and it would seem as if the HEVC extension not working on Windows 11.
Unable to play videos in the absence of HEVC extensions
But here’s the catch! As discussed earlier, you will need these codecs only when playing videos on the apps that come bundled with Windows. However, there are a bunch of third-party media players that have the HEVC extension built in.
While installing the HEVC extension in Windows 11 is not absolutely necessary, you will need it for the native apps. You now know both the options, and we leave it up to you to choose whether you want to purchase the extension or use a third-party video player.
In the next section, we have listed both methods.
How can I install the HEVC extension in Windows 11?
1. Purchase and install HEVC extension from Microsoft Store
Once the payment process is complete, the HEVC extension will be installed on your Windows 11 system. And, from now on, you wouldn’t face any trouble when playing videos encoded with this particular extension.
2. Download a video player with built-in HEVC extension
Users earlier had to visit the VLC Media Player’s official website to get it. However, now you can easily download the VLC media player from the Microsoft Store. This makes the whole download and installation process a lot quicker and more seamless.
Download VLC Media Player from Microsoft Store
Once you have gotten the VLC media player, there’s no need to separately install the HEVC extension in Windows 11, since these come along with the player. So start playing the videos you have always wanted without shelling a single penny.
Apart from VLC, check out the other media players that let you play HEVC videos.
How can I install other codecs in Windows 11?
You now know how to install the HEVC extension in Windows 11, but what about the other codecs; what if you still encounter an error when playing audio or video? These won’t be necessary to most users, but you should at least knowhow to get them.
To find out, check our dedicated guide that lists out the various sources for downloading codecs in Windows 11. You don’t need to necessarily download them right away, but do bookmark the guide, in case you ever require them in the future.
These are all the ways you can install the HEVC extension in Windows 11, along with the other codecs. Once you have these, playing any type of video on your computer shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Also, check out the best video codec pack for all formats in Windows 11.
Tell us whether you purchased the HEVC extension or downloaded a third-party media player, in the comments section below.