Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for easier transfer to PC

Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC
Photos Companion - Microsoft Garage
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17 February, 2018

The Photos Companion app is created to be used by people who don't have a Microsoft account. In theory, all you need to do is to scan a QR code from the Windows 10 Photos app using your Android or iOS device. Relying on cloud storage is a roundabout solution that is beholden to the quality of your Internet connection.

Download the Photos Companion app on your iOS device from App Store, or for your Android device via Google Play Store. Note that you must also use a company account if your app accesses financial account information as described in policy 10.8.3.

Having said that, it is indeed another step by Microsoft to make its presence felt on mobile devices and is helpful if you'd like to have all your photos and videos under one roof (read the Photos app). "The biggest hurdle many classrooms faced was getting the content students had captured with their phones onto their project PCs", explains Microsoft's photos team.

Do not you will have to be connected via same WiFi network on your smartphone and Windows 10 device. 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.

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Interestingly, you can start a video project in Windows Photos, and then directly add images and videos into it from your phone.

Depending on the number and size of the photos and videos, the transfer process could take a few seconds to minutes. Plus, it eliminates the requirement of using the same Wi-Fi network on the mobile device and PC to transfer content that is mandatory with the Photos Companion app.

However, there are a couple of downsides.

If the "Import from mobile over Wi-Fi" option is not visible in the photos app on your PC, you must enable the "Show additional preview features" option from the Settings section of the Photos app.


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