What to expect when you import edited photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or PC

Most programs will show the original, unedited version of the image.

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Images you import to your computer directly from your iOS device will show up as the original image in iPhoto, Aperture, and in the Finder. You might notice .AAE files on your device if you are browsing its contents for import. These files contain the edits made on the device, and do not indicate a problem with the images.

To import edited photos to your computer

If you want to view the edited version of a photo on a Mac or PC that doesn’t automatically import the edited version:

  • AirDrop or email the photo to yourself.
  • Or, if you've enabled iCloud Photo Library, download it from the Photos web app at iCloud.com

This will save a copy of the edited version on your computer, but you won't be able to revert to the original, unedited version.

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