If you want to transfer photos from your phone to your desktop, the easiest way to do it is to use a data cable. This holds true for both Android phones and iPhones. There are other methods to import these photos but the most reliable one is the data cable method. If you don’t have a data cable, you’re stuck looking for other alternatives that won’t need your phone to be connected to your desktop. If you have a Windows 10 system though, Microsoft has just made it incredibly simple to transfer photos over WiFi.

Microsoft has released a new app called Photos Companion for both iOS and Android. This app is a companion app for the Photos app on Windows 10. With this app, you can send transfer photos from your phone to your desktop provided both your devices are on the same WiFi network. This app works with an experimental feature in the Photos app so you’re going to have to enable it first.

Enable Import From Mobile Over WiFi

Open the Photos app. At the top right, click the more options button (the one with three dots), and select Settings from the menu. On the Settings screen, scroll to the very bottom. Under the Extras section, enable the ‘Show additional preview features’ option.

Now, return to the main Photos app interface and click the Import button. You will see a new option under the menu called ‘From mobile over Wifi’. Click it.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

This will reveal a QR code that you need to scan. Switch over to your phone.

Transfer Photos Over WiFi

Install the Photos Companion app and tap Send Photos. The app will ask for permission to access your camera. Once you grant it access, it will open a QR code scanner. Use it to scan the QR code the Photos app is showing you on your desktop. This verifies that the correct two devices are talking to each other. Now you can select photos from your camera roll and send them.

The photos transfer fairly quickly and are saved to the Pictures folder in a folder named ‘Imported from Photos Companion’. They will duly show up under Albums in the Photos app.

The preview features are experimental features so they might have a bug or two but so far as our tests go, this feature and the Photos companion app works great. If your workflow involves taking screenshots on your phone and editing them on your desktop, you’re going to love this.

This feature is available for everyone on the stable Windows 10 release channel.