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Microsoft launches Photos Companion app, enabling rapid smartphone-to-PC image transfers

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app, enabling rapid smartphone-to-PC image transfers

"It was originally created to serve the education market", says the Microsoft Garage team behind the app.

Microsoft is releasing a new Photos Companion app for iOS and Android today, created to make it much quicker to get photos from a phone to a PC.

Mobile transfer features can be found in the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10, version 2018.18011.13110.0 or higher.

If you're a OneDrive user or you already backup phone photos to another cloud service, this new app probably isn't for you, but Microsoft has primarily designed this for students.

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Microsoft notes that Photos Companion aims to ease the struggle of quickly transferring images between mobile and PC. Moreover, a QR code is provided in the Windows Photos app that helps you start transferring the content wirelessly. After downloading the app on iOS, you'll be asked to open the Photos app on Windows 10 and select the "From Mobile over Wi-Fi" option from the "Import" menu.

Considering that Windows 10 Mobile is now in maintenance mode, it was very surprising to see such a big update for the Photos app last week.

You can download Photos Companion app for iOS devices here and Android devices here. The new app, which has been in testing for some months, is aimed to make it easy for Windows 10 users to transfer their photos and videos from mobile devices to the Microsoft Photos app available on their Windows 10 desktop, notebooks, and tablets.


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