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Download this: Microsoft's new app makes photo transfers much easier

Microsoft’s Photos Companion app makes it easier to get your photos from your phone to your PC.

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If you use a PC, then you know that transferring files between your phone and your computer can be a huge pain. Well, Microsoft finally has a solution.

A new app called Photos Companion lets you move photos between your phone and PC using a wireless connection. Think of it as a bit like Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop, except it works with both iOS and Android devices. 

Get started by scanning a QR code from the Photos app in Windows 10 — this links your phone and PC, provided they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After you scan the code, you’ll be able to transfer your photos to your computer.

A project from Microsoft’s Garage, the company says it designed the service with students in mind, since it’s common for groups of students to begin projects on mobile devices and finish them on a shared classroom computer. 

But the app also helps solve what has long been one of Windows’ biggest pain points: It’s just not that easy to move photos from your phone onto your computer. The new app is still not quite as seamless as AirDrop, but considering it works with iPhones and Android devices, it’s far simpler than most other solutions.

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