UPDATE: Starting the week of June 3, Photos Companion will shift to an Experiment Complete state and will no longer be supported. Thank you to our users who tried the project! Your feedback will fuel the next steps for this team.

Photos Companion, a Microsoft Garage project, works with Microsoft Photos in Windows 10 to transfer photos and videos from a phone to a PC over Wi-Fi. Just make sure the phone and PC are on the same Wi-Fi network, then scan a code and start the transfer.

  • Start a video project in the Photos app on the PC, and add pictures and videos from your phone directly into a project. Make a masterpiece on your own or pick a theme and let the app work its magic.
  • Transfer pictures and video from your camera roll into the Photos app so you can enhance and edit, customize with ink, and share with friends.

Mobile transfer features can be found in the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10, version 2018.18011.13110.0 or higher. The latest version of Microsoft Photos can be found in the Microsoft Store. Learn more about the Microsoft Photos app for Windows 10.

To see the Photos Companion app in action, check out this demonstration of some of the latest features for Education: Microsoft Education: Movie making for the classroom using the Photos app (DA) (starting at 0:40 second mark)


Meet the team

Microsoft Photos Team
"Who has time to hunt down a cable? File transfer should never stand in the way of great storytelling."
Melinda Knight

Garage Team

Albert Sadovnikov, Andreas Ekefjärd, Brian Knudson, Ganesh Katta, Mark Larsen, Mascha Kroenlein, Melinda Knight, Sami Laakso, Tomi Tarvainen

Microsoft Photos Team

Redmond, USA - Espoo, Finland -Lund, Sweden -Belgrade, Serbia


In the fall of 2017, the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10 was reimagined, with new functionality to automatically organize your media and transform photos and videos into compelling stories and amazing video projects. As part of that rollout, the product team began visiting classrooms in the US and Europe to better understand how educators were currently incorporating video in their lessons, and to ask them to give the Photos app a try.

What we saw surprised us. We saw rich, narrative storytelling. We saw lab reports using video to slow down chemical reactions, or speed up crystal growth. We saw historic reenactments with homemade props, and rap videos featuring numerical constants. But most surprising of all was that the biggest hurdle in the classroom wasn’t helping students decide what to include in their videos, or even editing the video itself. The biggest hurdle many classrooms faced was getting the content students had captured with their phones onto their project PCs.

We began developing a simple, experimental app for iOS and Android to see if we could unblock educators and help them begin using the Photos app in their classrooms. We knew that students often captured on multiple phones or tablets, but leveraged a single “project” PC to assemble their media and create their final project. 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.

Our solution was to build an app that would support direct wireless transfer between any phone or mobile device and the Photos app on any Windows 10 PC. This would enable students to transfer media to their own computers … or to a shared, project PC … without worrying about network speeds or mobile data charges.

While we built the Photos Companion with students and educators in mind, we know it will be useful to anyone who is looking to complete an epic video project, send media to a friend’s PC, or just get that one special photo onto their computer so it can be edited and turned into the next great post, cover photo, or presentation.

We hope that you enjoy the Photos Companion app … and use it to give all the amazing features in the Photos app for Windows 10 a try!