Microsoft Garage Launches Photos Companion For Android & iOS

Kelley Robertson
February 17, 2018

To be fair, there are over a dozen possible ways to wireless copy your photos from phone to PC.

You can transfer the photos and videos to the Photos app on your PC and then edit and enhance it or customize using ink, and then share it with your friends and loved ones. You can send multiple photos over the same Wi-Fi network, and they appear immediately in the photos app.

The previous update made the Photos app nearly a truly universal app, though some advanced features such as Story Remix were missing on mobile. 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.

This is a frustration Microsoft understands well if the company's latest experimental Garage program project is anything to go by. Anyway, Windows Insiders who keep their Windows phones on the Fast Ring should continue to get early access to app updates, and we'll continue to keep an eye on the OS this year. There you will find a preview option at the end - "Help Microsoft Test the mobile import over WiFI feature". Users select the photos they want to transfer from the companion app and then use settings in the Photos app to begin transferring them over Wi-Fi. It essentially works as a bridge between a Windows 10 PC and mobile devices.

Depending on the number and size of the photos and videos, the transfer process could take a few seconds to minutes. The new app, which has been in testing for some months, is aimed to make it easy for Windows 10 users to transfer their photos and videos from mobile devices to the Microsoft Photos app available on their Windows 10 desktop, notebooks, and tablets. Once you open the app it will ask you to scan the QR code available on your PC to transfer the file.

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