A Complete Review On File Extension AAE

What do you know about file extension AAE? When viewing through your photos folder, you might have come across various file extensions of AAE. On an Apple device, the image could be named something like IMG_12345.AAE. On Windows, the file extensions probably not display by default. Therefore, the photo file name might just be IMG_12345 with a blank icon preview. It is a bit confusing to Windows users. I am sure you are searching what the heck type of file this is or how can you open it as when you try. Also, you will receive a text saying “Windows can’t open this file.”

.AAE is just the edits file are create to an existing photo on an Apple device. Also, it can be removed without removing the actual photo. Not just this but also you will lose all the edits you have made to the file. However, the edit data is stored in an XML format that you can easily view in a text editor such as Notepad.

As mentioned above, this file extension is native or local to machines or Apple devices, specifically iOS 8 and earlier, and Mac OS 10.10 and later. If you move an image using a file extension to a Windows PC. Then the file will move as a regular old JPEG also the edits made will be erased.

In older models of iOS, edits automatically overwrite the original photograph. After the launch of an AAE file, it’s not the case. Now after making an edit, the original file is left alone and stores the edit steps in a separate file. Also, the AAE file (which is also known as the AAE sidecar file.) The place of the AAE file is present in the same folder as the original photo. Also, it follows the same naming format, but rather than of JPG (.jpg) at the end, it has the AAE (.AAE) file extension.

So what to DO with these files?

Once you are complete using your edits on your iOS device. The simplest thing to do is to email the completed photo to yourself. While doing this, it’ll “seal” the edits to the photo. Also, you can post it to Instagram or Facebook (or similar). But as you know, doing this will always limit the image quality a Lil bit.

As I mentioned earlier, these files are fully useless on Android devices or Windows. However, choices to use them might become available soon. But we can’t predict when. You can also remove these files safely if you select them. However, if you like to save them in the hope they’ll one day be usable, also it can’t hurt anything. All of these files are quite small and takes up virtually no drive space.


Here’s all about ”File Extension AAE”. Did you really think that making these types of files is quite a step backward or forward for Apple? While I love that the original image is no longer automatically overwritten. Also, it looks to me it would make more sense to simply ask us if we want LIKE to overwrite them or save them separately. It also takes someplace and confuses us!

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