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Microsoft Releases Photos Companion App for iOS & Android

Feb 17, 2018
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There is a new Photos Companion app being released by Microsoft for both iOS and Android. This new app will allow you to quickly move your pictures from your phone to your PC. We have told you about Microsoft making more apps for iOS and Android. The latest app, Photos Companion, is part of the Microsoft Garage Project.

If you have not heard about the Garage Project before, it is where employees of Microsoft go to work on experimental apps. Some of the experimental apps make it to iOS and Android, such as this one. Other times, it is just an experiment that does not work out and the apps are shelved. Read on to learn about the new Photos Companion app that could help you transfer pictures from mobile to the PC.

Microsoft Releases Photos Companion App for iOS & Android

The new Photos Companion app for iOS and Android will allow you to bring your mobile phone photos to the PC much quicker. This is an app that has been in progress for many months now, and it will work with the Photos app that is part of Windows 10. You will be able to download Photos Companion app right now on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store for free. Microsoft has focused this app on being useful for students, and you need to use a Windows 10 PC in order to get this app to work.

That is due to it linking up with the Photos app on Windows 10, but the app does not permanently link to your Windows 10 PC. If you use a cloud service or use Microsoft OneDrive, this might not be the best app to use. Microsoft mostly was wanting to get students an easier way to transfer their mobile photos to their computer. When it comes to the classroom, a lot of the time there is an issue with getting those pictures from the mobile device to the school computer. That is where this app will come in the most handy. The app will link to your Windows 10 PC Photos app using a QR Code. This is a temporary setup, so you do not have to worry about it being linked forever.

How the Photos Companion App Works

So the first thing you have to do is link the Windows 10 PC to your mobile phone using the QR Code. Once you have done this, you can then send the photos through the Wi-Fi network. You will have the ability to send multiple photos over the Wi-Fi network. Those photos will all show up immediately on the Windows Photos app on the Windows 10 PC. The only downside is that this is not going to be a permanent linkage, which means every time you want to use this, you will have to link it all back up. It is possible that a more permanent solution will come to the Photos Companion app in the future.

This is going to be a very useful app for people who are not backing up their photos automatically somewhere else. It would also be useful for school projects, where you just need to upload pictures every now and again. If you are not seeing the option on the Windows 10 PC, you might need to mess with the settings. You will need to enable the “Show Additional Preview Features” function.

Otherwise, you should see the option “Import from Mobile” which should also say over the Wi-Fi connection. Once you do this, you will be able to easily upload the photos from your iOS or Android device right to your Windows 10 PC. Tell us in the comments what you think of the new Photos Companion app. Do you think this will be useful to students only or do you think other people will find it useful too? Have you already found a good cloud storage for your photos? Which storage option do you suggest?