How To Transfer Android, iOS Photos To Windows 10 Using Microsoft Photos Companion?

Microsoft Photos Companion 4 Share Videos Photos

The new Photos Companion app is a fresh creation straight out
of Redmond’s skunkworks division named Microsoft Garage.
This experimental app is
available for Android and iOS devices. What it does is it
simplifies the transfer of images and videos from Android and
iOS to Windows 10.

But wait, you can already sync your photos via OneDrive. What
if you don’t have a Microsoft account? Although, being a
Windows 10 user it’s quite unlikely. The Photos Companion app
is designed to be used by people who don’t have a Microsoft

Similar to other apps like Share It and Xender, Microsoft’s
Photos Companion lets you transfer photos and videos over WiFi.
So, there isn’t the need for a high-speed internet connection,
an advantage over cloud-based options.

How to use Photos Companion?

You can download Photos Companion from Google Play or
App Store, depending on
your operating system. The app works together with the Photos
app in Windows 10 (version 2018.18011.13110.0 and above) and
utilizes a feature that’s currently a part of the Photos app
preview program.

Follow the steps:

  1. In Windows 10, open the Photos app > Three-dot
    button > Settings
  2. Under Preview, turn on the toggle button that says
    Help Microsoft test the mobile import over WiFi
    .” Restart the Photos app.
    Microsoft Photos Companion 1 Share Photos Videos
  3. Again in the Photos app, click the Import
    option in the top right corner and click “From mobile
    over WiFi
    ” option in the drop-down menu.
    Microsoft Photos Companion 2 Share Photos Videos
  4. Now, make sure your phone and Windows 10 PC are connected
    to the same WiFi network. Also, network sharing should be
    turned on for the network. Otherwise, the sharing process won’t
  5. On your Android or iOS device, tap the Send
     button and scan the QR code from your PC.
  6. On the next screen, you can select the photos and videos
    you want to send to your Windows 10 PC over WiFi.
    Microsoft Photos Companion 4 Share Videos Photos
  7. Click Done to start the transfer.

Depending on the number and size of the photos and videos, the
transfer process could take a few seconds to minutes.

Using Photos Companion is pretty quick when compared to
OneDrive. Also, it can help you save on your data bills. Being
all wireless, the photo-sharing app frees users from the
hassles of connecting USB cable.

However, there are a couple of downsides. For instance, you
have to scan the QR code every time you want to sync your
photos. So, for some users, the app might not be their cup of
tea. Another drawback is that the app works oneway, i.e., you
can only transfer photos from Android and iOS to Windows 10,
vice-versa isn’t possible.

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