Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for easier transfer to PC

Click "Import" then "From mobile over Wi-Fi", which then presents a QR that the user scans, finally select the photos or videos for transfer and voila!

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.

Have you been facing issue while transferring your photos to your Windows PC?

Using Photos Companion is pretty quick when compared to OneDrive.

While the app doesn't permanently link to a Windows 10 PC, it's useful if you don't automatically back up your photos to a cloud service. "We also knew that Wi-Fi access in the classroom was great between devices, but that any solution that required the cloud for transfer could be blocked by overloaded networks", the company added.

You can transfer the photos and videos to the Photos app on your PC and then edit and enhance it or customize using ink, and then share it with your friends and loved ones.

The new Photos Companion app is a fresh creation straight out of Redmond's skunkworks division named Microsoft Garage. If you don't see "From mobile over wifi" as an option, go to settings. The app works together with the Photos app in Windows 10 (version 2018.18011.13110.0 and above) and utilizes a feature that's now a part of the Photos app preview program. Once you open the app it will ask you to scan the QR code available on your PC to transfer the file.

Photos Companion is part of a "Microsoft Garage project" that allows the company's employees to release experimental apps. Your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to enable the transfer process.

However, if you want to stall the Microsoft Photos app from updating to the old version, there's a few ways.

  • Latoya Cobb