Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for iOS and Android devices

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC

You then scan a QR code to set up the connection between devices, select the photos and videos you want to transfer, and they'll be on their way.

The developers behind Microsoft's Garage skunkworks projects developed an easier way.

"Our solution was to build an app that would support direct wireless transfer between any phone or mobile device and the Photos app on any Windows 10 PC". The photo team has been working on this project for months with the intent for it to work with the Windows 10 built-in photo app. It's called Photos Companion and its name is pretty self-explanatory.

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Photos Companion is part of a "Microsoft Garage project" that allows the company's employees to release experimental apps. And of course, they will be looking for your feedback to improve this app.

If you consider yourself a bit of a smartphone photo enthusiast, you probably understand the appeal of accessing your favorite pictures across all of your devices including your laptop or desktop PC.

To make sure the option to import over Wi-Fi is available, you'll have to head into the Photos app's settings and toggle on the option labeled "Help Microsoft test the mobile import over Wi-Fi feature". It seems that Microsoft may have pushed this update to Insiders by mistake, as a new update for the Photos app (version 2018.18011.13438.0) brings back the familiar mobile layout today. It requires iOS 10.2 or later versions of Apple's mobile operating system.

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