Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Once the QR code is scanned, you can use the Photos Companion app on your phone to highlight the photos that you want transferred. Users can start a video or photo project in the Photos app on the PC, and then add more videos and photos from the phone directly into that project.

However, there is a limitation that both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

The photo-transfer app, dubbed Photos Companion, is purely for sending photos and videos from an Android or iOS device to Microsoft's built-in Photos app on Windows 10.

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Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for Android and iOS devices. As we mentioned, your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to let you successfully transfer content. The main objective of the app as previously reported is to have a direct and easy way of transferring photos and videos from your smartphone to your PC.

"We began developing a simple, experimental app for iOS and Android to see if we could unblock educators and help them begin using the Photos app in their classrooms", Microsoft was quoted as saying by MacRumors. The Microsoft Photos app is a prime example of the latter. If you are still on the new version, head into the settings of the Photos app and click on the 'Join Preview' option. This way there is no requirement of using the same Wi-Fi on the mobile and PC to transfer. "This would enable students to transfer media to their own computers or to a shared, project PC without worrying about network speeds or mobile data charges", the Microsoft Garage team explains. You can easily get your required media by accessing your cloud account. It's called Photos Companion and its name is pretty self-explanatory.

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).

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