Microsoft Garage launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Microsoft launches Photos Companion app for Android and iOS

Last year, we reported that Microsoft is working on a Photos Companion app for Android and iOS; the app serves as a way for users to wirelessly sync photos from their smartphone with the Photos app on Windows 10. But it's an interesting idea, even for those who are already backing up photos to the cloud: It lets you transfer photos and videos from a phone to a Windows 10 PC, assuming they're both on the same Wi-Fi network.

Microsoft notes that Photos Companion aims to ease the struggle of quickly transferring images between mobile and PC.

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. Keep in mind you'll have to have Photos version 2018.18011.13110.0 or later installed on your PC.

The previous update made the Photos app nearly a truly universal app, though some advanced features such as Story Remix were missing on mobile. With this latest update, the Photos app has just returned to its former self, losing all its new editing tools along the way.

If you want to give the app a shot, you can download it on Android and iOS now.