Microsoft Garage Launches Photos Companion For Android & iOS

Feb 17, 2018, 00:10
Microsoft Garage Launches Photos Companion For Android & iOS

This experimental app is available for Android and iOS devices. After that, select images to transfer over to the computer.

Hit "Done" and wait for the photos to be copied. What if you don't have a Microsoft account?

This week the company released two new Windows previews, the RS4 branch that will likely come out in the first half of the year and the RS5 branch, which may come a few months later.

Developed as a Microsoft Garage project, the Photos Companion app uses Wi-Fi connectivity on your phone and PC to establish a connection to transfer photos and videos from one device to another. Relying on cloud storage is a roundabout solution that is beholden to the quality of your Internet connection.

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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. This will also give users the ability to enhance and edit photos, customize them with ink, and share them on the PC.

In Windows 10, open the Photos app Three-dot button Settings.

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). Restart the Photos app. It essentially works as a bridge between a Windows 10 PC and mobile devices. Otherwise, the sharing process won't begin.

As we mentioned, your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to let you transfer the content.

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However, there are a couple of downsides.

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. So, for some users, the app might not be their cup of tea.

On Thursday, Microsoft released the Photos Companion app, which works with Microsoft Photos in Windows 10 to allow the transfer of photos and videos from a phone to a PC over Wi-Fi using a scanned code.

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