This Microsoft App Lets You Wirelessly Transfer Pictures From Android And iOS To Windows 10 PCs

If you are thinking about transferring photos from iPhone, iPad or an Android device to a Windows 10 PC the easy way, then you have come to the right place. As Microsoft has recently made available for download Photos Companion app for both iOS and Android devices, which lets photographs be transferred instantly over the wireless network.

The new Photos Companion app has been released for the iOS and Android platforms, with Microsoft describing it as an “experimental” app that works in conjunction with the Microsoft Photos app on a Windows 10 PC.

Much of it is geared at helping Windows users on iPhone and Android find the better way with Microsoft services on each respective platform. Also, the Photos Companion app is ready to help you to quickly import your entire photo library from iOS and Android directly to the computer running Windows 10.

The new Microsoft’s app is a companion that works alongside an existing Windows 10 installation and will wisely likely only appeal to those who have that kind of setup and who work with all of their photographs in the Photos app on Windows 10.

Using it, you can now onwards easily transfer photos from Android to Windows 10 as well as from iOS devices, too. Once installed, the user gives it permission to access the media on the installed Android or iOS device. In the Windows 10 Photos app, the PC owner will have to go to Import > From mobile over Wi-Fi, which will generate a QR code. Scanning that code from the Photos Companion will create a connection to the PC over Wi-Fi and allow photographs to be selected on the device.

Next, after the user has chosen photos, those photographs are then beamed seamlessly across to the PC and held in the Photos application alongside any other media that is already in there.

How to use Photos Companion app on Android

Plug your Android phone into your Windows 10 machine using the regular microUSB cable. If the Photos Companion app doesn’t launch, go to the Start Menu and select it. Before you do so, you’ll need to put your Android phone into MTP Transfer mode. You should see a notification on the phone that will tell you if it’s connected as a media device or not. Tapping on it will take you to the necessary settings, just ensure MTP, not PTP is selected.

For Android users only. When it opens you’ll see the screen with some Microsoft apps and services on top some information about your phone. Now, the “Import photos and videos into the Photos app” option will be highlighted above.

Once you have clicked on that the stock Photos app for Windows 10 will open and you’ll see the message. By default, it’ll import all your photos and videos to the Pictures file on your computer. So this is a perfect method if you just want to dump everything at once.

There is another simple solution in using Photos Companion app on your Android, by File Explorer, using the cloud, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other methods.

In terms of user interface, the Photos Companion app is very minimal and you can tell that it’s part of an experimental release from Microsoft’s internal Garage team, as it doesn’t feel quite a production ready from an aesthetic viewpoint. Where the functionality is concerned, it performs extremely well and does exactly as it says on the tin, which is all that really matters when you download an app for a specific functionality.

For now, the Photos Companion app can be downloaded for iOS and Android from the links below.

(Download: Photos Companion by Microsoft Corporation on App Store)
(Download: Photos Companion by Microsoft Corporation on Play Store)

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