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

17 February, 2018, 00:16 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Microsoft found that students were great at telling stories through video, but they had difficulties transferring content from multiple smartphones to a single PC where media projects are created.

Last week, Fast Ring Insiders discovered a brand new version of the Photos app for mobile, with a layout that looked very similar to the PC version.

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You can download Photos Companion from Google Play or App Store, depending on your operating system. And, of course, it only works on Windows 10 and only if the two communicating devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. other than that, however, there is little else that needs to be done to get your photos off your phone and into your computer.

This is a frustration Microsoft understands well if the company's latest experimental Garage program project is anything to go by. Keep in mind that the app won't remove the photos from your phone. Every time you want to transfer your photos to your PC, you'll need to use the Photos Companion app's built-in QR code scanner to read a code provided by your main PC's Windows 10 Photos app. If you're not seeing the "import from mobile over Wi-Fi" option in the Photos app for Windows 10, you might need to enable the "show additional preview features" option in the settings section of the Photos app for Windows 10.

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First, you need to launch the Photos app on your computer.

Click Done to start the transfer.

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Using Photos Companion is pretty quick when compared to OneDrive. Being all wireless, the photo-sharing app frees users from the hassles of connecting USB cable. Once you open the app it will ask you to scan the QR code available on your PC to transfer the file. Another drawback is that the app works oneway, i.e., you can only transfer photos from Android and iOS to Windows 10, vice-versa isn't possible.

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