What is a .AAE File And How To Open It – Apple (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .aae extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .aae file extension and how to open it.

What is a .AAE file?

The file extension .AAE comes from Sidecar Image Edit File. This file extension was developed by Apple. This data related file is in xml format.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .aae file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .AAE file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .AAE file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .AAE file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .aae file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .AAE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Notepad software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .AAE file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .aae file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Photos and Apple TextEdit software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .AAE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Photos software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .AAE file?

If you are still unable to open the .AAE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .AAE file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .aaf – Avid Technology, .aam – Adobe Systems, .aan – Avid Technology, .aao – US Army, .aao – Dataland Software. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .AAE file with the Microsoft Notepad program on Windows and Apple Photos, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac.