The File Extensions Database

.AAE File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: XML

What is an .AAE file?

.AAE is Sidecar Image Edit File

An AAE file contains edits made to an image using the Photos app on an iOS device. It is used to transfer non-destructive edits a user has made to .JPG images in iOS to the macOS system. AAE files can be found accompanying the images for which they contain edits.

AAE files are used by iOS 8 and later and OS X 10.10 and later. If you import pictures from an iOS device to Windows, the JPEG images will only get transferred and not the AAE files, which will cause you to lose your edits. Also, AAE files can be deleted without erasing your pictures but any edits made to them will be removed.

The AAE file is referenced by the Photos app when opening the JPG file in which it is associated. The data is saved in an XML format that can be viewed with a text editor such as TextEdit or Notepad.

Programs that open Sidecar Image Edit File
Microsoft Notepad
Apple Photos
Apple TextEdit

How to solve problems with AAE files

  • Associate the AAE file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any AAE file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.AAE files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the AAE file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .AAE is Sidecar Image Edit File. Because only the current version supports the latest AAE file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple manufacturer website after an available .AAE is Sidecar Image Edit File update.
  • To make sure that your AAE file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.