.AAE File Extension

File Type:
Sidecar Image Format File

Having trouble opening .aae extension? Don't panic! This page explains what aae files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open aae files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an AAE file?

Aae file extension has Sidecar Image Format file type, developed by Apple, which is associated with the "data files" category.

AAE files are needed to save the changes made to a particular image on any iOS device. It is required to transfer edits made by the user from iOS system to macOS operating system. Files with this format are usually found in the same directory as the edited images. AAE files can be read by iOS 8 and its later version and OS X 10.10 and its later version as well. It is not possible to transfer edited .JPEG images from iOS device to Windows since supporting AAE files won’t be transferred, thus resulting in losing all your edits previously made.    

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

aae file icon
File Type:
Sidecar Image Format File
Data Files

How to open AAE file?

Double click the aae file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .aae extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the aae extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the aae file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open AAE files

  • Windows Windows
    • Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Apple Photos Apple Photos
    • Apple TextEdit Apple TextEdit

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the aae file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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