How to get rid of .AAE files from photo library
December 29, 2015 7:43 AM   Subscribe

How can I stop my iPhone from saving .aae files along with .jpg photos?

I recently updated the software in my iPhone 5S and now when I go to pull the photos off of my phone, the folder contains .AAE files as well as .JPG. Doing a search shows me that the .AAE file is the information about the edits made to the file, but that isn't important to me.

Is there a setting on the phone that will turn this off? I preferred it the old way with only .jpgs in the photo folders.

posted by amicamentis to Technology (2 answers total)
The edit information isn't for you. It's for use by applications, primarily Apple's Photos app. I don't believe there's a way to disable this. Fortunately, perhaps, the files are only around 600 bytes in size. Still, it would be nice to be able to delete, or disable the creation of, the files.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:47 AM on December 29, 2015

I preferred it the old way with only .jpgs in the photo folders.

If you tell us why, that might make a difference to the advice. Getting in the way of scripted workflows? Annoying when you select-all and open them? Aesthetics? The edit files allow non-destructive adjustments to images, so they are a pretty neat feature.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:56 AM on December 29, 2015

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