Microsoft Photos Companion app for Android and iOS devices now available

On your Android or iOS device, tap the Send Photos button and scan the QR code from your PC. With the help of this app, you can easily transfer the photos in your mobile device to your Windows 10 pc over WiFi.

Microsoft notes that the mobile transfer features are available in the Windows 10 Photos version 2018.18011.13110.0 or higher. It's called Photos Companion and its name is pretty self-explanatory.

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. Previously users would have to resort to methods like USB, Bluetooth, or cloud transfer - the app seems to offer a less tedious, streamlined process for photo sharing. As we mentioned, your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to let you successfully transfer content.

This is a frustration Microsoft understands well if the company's latest experimental Garage program project is anything to go by.

Again in the Photos app, click the Import option in the top right corner and click "From mobile over WiFi" option in the drop-down menu.

You can now download the Photos Companion app on Android and iOS.

To use it, after you've installed it from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store, you just scan the QR code shown in the Windows Photos app.

It is to be noted that you already have the option to back up your photos and videos to a cloud service, such as Google Drive, iCloud, or even Microsoft's OneDrive.

To be fair, there are over a dozen possible ways to wireless copy your photos from phone to PC. This way there is no requirement of using the same Wi-Fi on the mobile and PC to transfer. While the app was created for students and educators, it'll likely be useful for anyone who needs to get their media onto a PC without having to find a cable.

Microsoft has launched a new app for both Android and iOS today.

  • Kara Saunders