Microsoft Photos companion app for Android, iOS released

Microsoft Photos companion app for iOS and Android devices has finally been released by the Windows 10 maker.

The Microsoft Photos companion app has been in testing for months. The app is a bridge of sorts between Windows 10 systems and iOS and Android devices enabling users to transfer their photos and videos from mobile devices to the Microsoft Photos app available on their Windows 10 desktop, notebooks, and tablets.

The Microsoft Photos companion app has been developed as a Microsoft Garage project. It uses Wi-Fi connectivity on your phone and PC to establish a connection to transfer photos and videos from one device to another. Your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to enable the transfer process.

A QR code makes it easier to transfer content wirelessly between your Windows 10 device and your smartphone. To bring the QR code on your Windows 10 PC’s screen, you need to open the Photos app and then select Import > From mobile over Wi-Fi. After that, you need to point the scanner available on the Photos Companion app at the QR code to begin the transfer.

If in case the Import from mobile over Wi-Fi option is not visible in the Photos app on your Windows computer, you need to enable the Show additional preview features option that is available in the Settings section of the Photos app.

Microsoft’s Garage team says in a profiling post that the Photos Companion app has been built with students and educators in mind as it would offer a simple way in a classroom to share media irrespective of network speeds or mobile data charges. However, the app is considered to be useful to anyone “who is looking to complete an epic video project, send media to a friend’s PC, or just get that one special photo onto their computer so it can be edited and turned into the next great post, cover photo, or presentation”.