Open AAE File

Information, tips and instructions


Understanding AAE Files

AAE files, specific to Apple devices running iOS 8 or later, are XML files storing edits and adjustments made in the Photos app. These files are automatically generated when an image is edited and are stored separately from the original image, usually a JPEG or HEIC file. Notably, AAE files are non-destructive; they don't alter the original image but save changes like cropping, filters, and other adjustments independently.

Why Convert AAE to JPG?

Converting AAE to JPG is essential when you need to share or use the edited image outside the Apple ecosystem. Since AAE files aren't recognized by non-Apple devices or software, converting to a universally accepted format like JPG is necessary to maintain the edits.

Detailed Steps for Converting AAE to JPG

On iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app and select the edited photo.
  2. Tap the share icon.
  3. Choose Save to Files to save it locally, or use sharing options like email or messages. The photo saved or shared will be in JPG format, with all edits applied.

Using a Mac

  1. Connect your device to the Mac or use iCloud Photos to access your images.
  2. In the Photos app, find the edited photo.
  3. Select File > Export > Export Photo.
  4. Choose JPG as the format and export.

Via iCloud

With iCloud Photos enabled, edits made on one device are automatically updated across all devices using the same iCloud account. Access the edited image on a device like a Mac or, and export or download it in JPG format.

Additional Tips and Tricks

  • Batch Export: On a Mac, you can export multiple edited images at once. This is useful for converting several AAE files to JPGs simultaneously.
  • Editing Software: If you prefer more advanced editing, consider transferring the original photo to a computer and using software like Adobe Photoshop, which offers more comprehensive editing tools.
  • Backups: Always keep a backup of the original photo, especially for significant edits. This ensures you have the original file in case of any unintended changes or errors during the conversion process.
  • Quality Settings: When exporting to JPG, you can often choose the quality of the image. Higher quality settings result in larger file sizes but better image fidelity.

Limitations and Considerations

  • AAE files only store edit metadata; they don't contain image data and thus can't be viewed as standalone images.
  • Transferring the original image without the AAE file to a non-Apple device or software will result in losing the edits.
  • Non-Apple devices and software cannot interpret AAE files, so the edits they contain are inaccessible outside the Apple ecosystem.