Microsoft launches Photos Companion app, enabling rapid smartphone-to-PC image transfers

Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC

Photos Companion - Microsoft Garage

Its aim is to help you easily transfer the photos you have on your phone to your Windows 10 PC.

"Our solution was to build an app that would support direct wireless transfer between any phone or mobile device and the Photos app on any Windows 10 PC". Transferring the photos and videos should be pretty seamless, as long as you're on the same WiFI network and you scan the QR code that will be sent to connect your devices.

According to Microsoft, the "Photo Companion" was created to help kids get images and other content from their multiple devices into one project PC, from which they want to present their multimedia presentation. Previously users would have to resort to methods like USB, Bluetooth, or cloud transfer - the app seems to offer a less tedious, streamlined process for photo sharing.

Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC

Microsoft notes that the mobile transfer features are available in the Windows 10 Photos version 2018.18011.13110.0 or higher. The new app is available immediately, and it's being released as part of Microsoft's Garage project which lets employees release experimental apps. The main goal of the app as previously reported is to have a direct and easy way of transferring photos and videos from your smartphone to your PC. The latest version of Microsoft Photos can be found in the Microsoft Store.

It is to be noted that you already have the option to back up your photos and videos to a cloud service, such as Google Drive, iCloud, or even Microsoft's OneDrive. Users can start a video or photo project in the Photos app on the PC, and then add more videos and photos from the phone directly into that project. This way there is no requirement of using the same Wi-Fi on the mobile and PC to transfer. You just have to download the Microsoft Photos Companion app on your iOS and Android device and you are good to go.

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