Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Leigh Mccormick
February 17, 2018

You can download Photos Companion from Google Play or App Store, depending on your operating system. 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.

Microsoft has launched a new iOS app intended for iPhone users who like taking pictures. And although most people already have various ways of importing photos to their computers or clouds, this particular one was created with educational use in mind, as schools often struggle with getting photos that students have taken for projects onto the school's computers.

Microsoft notes that Photos Companion aims to ease the struggle of quickly transferring images between mobile and PC.

The previous update made the Photos app nearly a truly universal app, though some advanced features such as Story Remix were missing on mobile. 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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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). It essentially works as a bridge between a Windows 10 PC and mobile devices.

Click Done to start the transfer. Because, before the launch of the app in 2017, the app product team has conducted visits to the various European and U.S. classrooms to see how teachers shared the content which is in their mobile device to the classroom PC, and to encourage them to use the app for this goal. Being all wireless, the photo-sharing app frees users from the hassles of connecting USB cable.

The QR code is used to connect the mobile app with the Photos app on Windows 10. So, for some users, the app might not be their cup of tea. Its aim is to help you easily transfer the photos you have on your phone to your Windows 10 PC.

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