Microsoft Garage Launches Photos Companion For Android & iOS

Microsoft Garage Launches Photos Companion For Android & iOS”

The app lets you easily copy pictures from your device to your Windows 10 PC wirelessly. The Photos Companion app uses Wi-Fi connectivity on your phone and PC to establish a connection to transfer and your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. It transfers the photo and video files over WiFi making it necessary for both the devices to be on the same network. While ARM versions are still compiled for the apps, they are either developed with new APIs which aren't supported by Windows 10 Mobile, or they aren't being optimized anymore for Mobile.

Last year Microsoft staff visited classrooms in the United States and Europe to ask teachers to try its Windows 10 Photos app.

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

To be fair, there are over a dozen possible ways to wireless copy your photos from phone to PC. "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. This experimental app is available for Android and iOS devices.

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Using Photos Companion is pretty quick when compared to OneDrive. Users select the photos they want to transfer from the companion app and then use settings in the Photos app to begin transferring them over Wi-Fi.

The new Photos Companion app is a fresh creation straight out of Redmond's skunkworks division named Microsoft Garage. So the Garage and Photos team opted for a Wi-Fi based direct transfer system.

At this point you'll see a QR code on your PC's screen. While the app was created for students and educators, it'll likely be useful for anyone who needs to get their media onto a PC without having to find a cable. You just have to download the Microsoft Photos Companion app on your iOS and Android device and you are good to go.

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