.AAC File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .AAC file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

AAC File Recovery

What is a .AAC file?

Compressed audio file similar to an .MP3 file, but offers several performance improvements; examples include a higher coding efficiency for both stationary and transient signals, a simpler filterbank, and better handling of frequencies above 16 kHz; maintains quality nearly indistinguishable from the original audio source.

What Are Common Causes of ".AAC" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes of ".AAC" file loss or failure. Some of them include:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users might accidentally delete ".AAC" files while managing their music library or cleaning up their storage space.
  2. System or software crashes: Unexpected system or software crashes can lead to the loss or corruption of ".AAC" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: If a computer or storage device gets infected by a virus or malware, it can result in the deletion or corruption of ".AAC" files.
  4. File system errors: Issues with the file system, such as corruption or errors, can cause ".AAC" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  5. Hardware failure: Problems with the hard drive, SSD, or other storage devices can lead to data loss, including ".AAC" files.
  6. Formatting or partitioning errors: Incorrect formatting or partitioning of a storage device can result in the loss of ".AAC" files stored on it.
  7. Interruptions during file transfer: If there are interruptions or errors during the transfer of ".AAC" files from one device to another, it can cause data loss or corruption.
  8. Software bugs or glitches: Sometimes, software bugs or glitches can lead to the loss or failure of ".AAC" files.
  9. Human error: Accidental actions like improper handling of devices, unplugging storage devices during file transfers, or mistakenly formatting the wrong drive can result in the loss of ".AAC" files.
  10. Sudden power outages: Unexpected power outages while working with ".AAC" files can cause data loss or corruption.

It is always recommended to have a backup of important files to minimize the risk of losing ".AAC" files or any other important data.

How to recover lost ".AAC" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".AAC" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".AAC" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".AAC" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".AAC" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".AAC" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".AAC" extension?

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Programs that open ".AAC" files

File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus
Nullsoft Winamp Nullsoft Winamp
Apple iTunes Apple iTunes
Media Player Classic Media Player Classic
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player
Audials One 2019 Audials One 2019
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7 Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Adobe Audition CC 2019 Adobe Audition CC 2019
MPlayer MPlayer
Applian Replay Converter Applian Replay Converter
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Apple iTunes Apple iTunes
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player
Roxio Toast 18 Roxio Toast 18
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Adobe Audition CC 2019 Adobe Audition CC 2019
MPlayer MPlayer
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
MPlayer MPlayer
XMMS with AAC plugin XMMS with AAC plugin
Clementine Clementine
olimsoft OPlayer olimsoft OPlayer
File Viewer for Android File Viewer for Android
Videolabs VLC for Android Videolabs VLC for Android

Additional Information

  • File type: Advanced Audio Coding File

  • File extension: .AAC

  • Developer: N/A

  • Category: Audio Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: FF F9, FF F1


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the file format .AAC and what does it stand for?

    The file format .AAC stands for Advanced Audio Coding. It is a standardized audio file format that was developed by the MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) as an extension of the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards. AAC is a lossy compression format, meaning it reduces the file size by discarding some of the audio data that is less perceptible to the human ear. It is commonly used for encoding high-quality audio files and is the default audio format for iTunes and Apple devices.

  • How can I open a .AAC file on my computer or mobile device?

    To open a .AAC file on your computer or mobile device, you can use the following methods:

    Media Players: Most modern media players can handle .AAC files. Some popular media players include VLC Media Player (available for both computer and mobile devices), Windows Media Player (for Windows computers), QuickTime Player (for macOS), and iTunes (for macOS and iOS devices).

    • For computers, you can simply double-click the .AAC file, and it should open in the default media player. If not, right-click the file, select "Open with," and choose a suitable media player from the list.
    • On mobile devices, locate the .AAC file in your file manager or downloads folder. Tap on the file, and it should open in the default media player. If not, you can install a third-party media player like VLC from your app store and use it to open the file.
    1. Online Converters: If you prefer not to install additional software, you can use online file converters to convert the .AAC file to a more widely supported format like .MP3 or .WAV. Websites like Online Audio Converter, Zamzar, or CloudConvert allow you to upload the .AAC file and convert it to a different format that can be opened by various media players.
    2. Music Streaming Apps: If the .AAC file is a song or audio track, you can also consider uploading it to a music streaming service like Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music. These platforms often support various audio file formats, including .AAC. By uploading the file to your library, you can stream it on your computer or mobile device using the respective music streaming app.

    Remember to ensure that you have the necessary permissions or rights to open and use the .AAC file, as some files may be protected by copyright or other restrictions.

  • Are there any specific software or applications required to play or convert .AAC files?

    There are several software and applications that can be used to play or convert .AAC files. Here are a few examples:

    1. iTunes: Apple's iTunes software can play .AAC files and also convert them to other formats.
    2. VLC Media Player: This popular media player can play .AAC files without the need for any additional codecs.
    3. Windows Media Player: Microsoft's default media player can play .AAC files with the help of the appropriate codecs.
    4. Foobar2000: This lightweight audio player supports .AAC files and can also convert them to other formats.
    5. Any Video Converter: This software is primarily used for video conversion, but it can also convert .AAC audio files to various formats.
    6. Freemake Audio Converter: This free software is dedicated to audio conversion and supports .AAC files as input and output formats.

    These are just a few examples, and there are many other software options available depending on your specific needs and operating system.

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