THE Microsoft Just launched an application that will surely make life easier for users who use their smartphones along with a PC.
Tested by the company's experiment division, Microsoft Garage, the Photos Companion It is an application designed to make transferring photos from mobile devices to Windows 10 PCs a fast and simple task.
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Devices and PC must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and from then on, mobile phones can use the app to transfer media to the Photos app on the computer.
The project's original intent was to reach the public in educational environments, teachers and students, who might not have the company's cloud service, OneDrive, and needed to find a way to sync photos and videos in one place.
We've started developing a simple, experimental app for iOS and Android to see if we can help educators get started using the Photos app in their classrooms. We know that students often took pictures on multiple phones or tablets, but used a single PC to gather the media and create their final project. We also knew that Wi-Fi access in the classroom was great across devices, but if they relied on the cloud for transfer they could end up overwhelming the networks.
Even though that was the focus, it seems that the app worked quite well and now anyone who needs to send some kind of media to Windows 10 can use the app by following the steps below:
- Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Windows 10 PC;
- Open the Photos app on your computer and click on the three dots symbol “”;
- Choose the "Settings" option, then go to "Extras" and enable the Show additional features in previous version;
- Exit and re-enter the app;
- Go to the three dots again and choose Refresh;
- Then click on Import and select From the mobile phone via Wi-Fi a QR code appears;
- Download the app on your phone and tap Send photos ("Send photos");
- A square appears by simply placing it over the QR code that appeared on your computer screen and then just selecting the photos you want to send.
The process is really fast and soon the photos will be all on your computer. In my test, the photos were saved in a folder named Imported from Photos Companion, created automatically inside the OneDrive folder when I imported it.
Photos Companion is available for free from the App Store or Google Play.