If you have downloaded PNG image files from your iPhone or iPod Touch onto a Windows computer and tried to open them you know that you will receive an error. You will be required to convert the files so they can be viewed on Windows. Below are a couple examples of the errors you can receive when attempting to open the files without converting them first on a Windows computer.

Error Opening iPhone PNG File With Photoshop on Windows:

Photoshop Error When Opening PNG File On Windows

Photoshop Error Specifics: Could not complete your request because the file-format module cannot parse the file.

Open PNG File Using Windows Picture & Fax Viewer No Preview Available:

Open PNG File With Windows Picture & Fax Viewer But No Preview Available

As you can see above the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer does not provide an error but instead displays “No Preview Available” instead of the image.

To resolve being able to view PNG files from your iPhone or your iPod Touch you need to convert them using a program called fixpng.

Convert PNG Files From iDevice To View/Modify on Windows:

  1. Download fixpng: First download the fixpng application by searching google for fixpng.
  2. Unpack fixpng: Now unzip the fixpng application which will create a new directory called fixpngWindows in the location that you unpack the files.
  3. Copy PNG Files: Now move the .png files you wish to view and/or modify into the fixpngWindows/png folder.
  4. Run iPhoneFixPng.exe: Double click on the iPhoneFixPng.exe file located in the fixpngWindows directory.
  5. Convert PNG Files: Now that the iPhoneFixPng application is running click the convert button as shown below which will convert the files and put them into the “fixed” directory also located in the fixpngWindows directory that was created when you unpacked the application.

    iPhone FixPNG Application To View iPhone PNG Files on Windows

  6. View And Modify PNG Files: Now you can view and modify the PNG files from the iPhone with any application that can normally modify PNG files such as Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or Adobe Photoshop.

When you upload the PNG files back to your iPhone you will not be required to convert them back to the original format. Just save them as .png files and secure copy them back to your iDevice in the proper location.


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19 Responses to “Open PNG Image Files From iPhone or iPod Touch On Windows”
  1. Aranea says:

    Thank you!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Aranea,

    No problem. Thanks for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. ws says:

    Help, Hit “error flipping channel”.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello ws,

    Not sure what you mean? Care to expand?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. drewukeeper says:

    Help if you can! I am trying to remove pics from an SD card, 4 gig. It’s in my Nikon D80. Never have a problem but now the raw images will not copy! I have copied so many in the past but it’s kaput. I can view the pics on the camera, and I can also see them on the monitor when I connect the cable to the cam, but I can not copy them into the destination folder. They are .nef files, raw format. I get the error “could not complete your request because the file-format can not parse the file”. Not sure what to do :(
    Thanks, Alex!
    Pam

    PS – these are wedding photos! I’m a photographer so they are very important!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello drewukeeper,

    I have personally never used .NEF files however it sounds from your description that it must be some other form of issue since it has worked fine in the past. I know I could resolve the issue if I had the SD card or the files in a zip file or something but I am not sure I am going to be much help without the files or the SD card. Anyhow my first suggestion would be to take the SD card out of the camera and attempt to use some other form of SD card reader. If you have one built into the computer that would be the best solution however you could also purchase a USB SD card reader from pretty much any electronics store or Amazon. Below is an example of a fair priced one on Amazon.

    Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader FCR-HS219/1

    If that doesn’t work let me know and I can attempt to throw out some more ideas. If it does work and you can get the files off the card and onto the computer and you still end up having issues then I can definitely help from there. You could send me one of the .NEF files and I can write instructions on how to convert them into a format that can be used by other applications.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  4. Cowvun says:

    How come when i try to convert it, it says error flipping channels?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Cowvun,

    Not sure. I would need to see the exact command and exact error and with that information I may be able to assist.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. mark says:

    The error is from not enough file permissions. Run the program as administrator. Right Click.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello mark,

    This article specifically relates to pulling images off of a hacked iPhone via SCP/FTP or similar where the images have not been converted. I believe the images are in a different format than Windows applications understand.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  6. Rober says:

    The link is broken

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rober,

    We updated the note in step one to instead recommend a Google search for fixpng. If you have not done so you will find numerous results when doing a search for fixpng on Google.Thank you for taking the time to notify us about the broken link.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Casey says:

    This program used to work great for me. I recently began theme-ing my iphone again and now when I place a file in the png folder only 1/2 of the image shows up in the fixed folder and the colors are off. please help.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Casey,

    Did you try un-theme-ing your phone to see if that resolves the issue? If it does then the issue is incompatibility with the two. I am guessing that is it but if not let me know.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Casey Reply:

    The issue isn’t on my phone, it’s the reasult after I try converting. I place the blacked out images extracted from my phone in the png folder, hit convert, and the images in fixed folder show up with the bottom 1/2 of the image being blank white and the top half the color channels are off. I’m converting images I’ve done on previous systems so I’m not sure why its suddenly not converting properly. I think I might have done the previous ones while I was still on Windows XP. Using Win 7 now and I’ve tried running in compatability mode but the images still only show up half white. Any other suggestions?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Casey,

    I see what you are saying now. You are using the fixpng application noted above? Also are you using Photoshop to view them or? If Photoshop or similar you might check into the Image Mode (ie: CMYK, RGB, etc.) to see if that makes a difference.

    Really curious what the solution is so if you have a moment let me know once you get it resolved.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Casey Reply:

    Trying in Photoshop but I get an error message that it is not a valid png file. As a temporary work around I’m adding the pictures I need to my camera roll via iFile… It doesn’t allow transparency but at least I have something to work with.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Casey,

    Even after running fixpng on the images they still are invalid? That is bizarre. I have never seen that before though I have not been using it lately because I haven’t had a need so I wonder if something changed recently which started causing all your issues. If I happen to run into this again I will update the comments here but if not I would love to hear what the solution is once you find one!

    Thanks.
    alex

  8. Qiesamuel says:

    Hi alex, thank you for this application, but I found the same problem as Casey. Could you help me solving this problem? Thanks in advance.

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