See all your photos

The Photos app puts your whole photo collection at your fingertips—photos and videos from this PC, along with pics from your phone and other devices via OneDrive.

On Start

Start icon
, select All apps > Photos. It'll open to Collection view, where pictures from your PC and OneDrive are all shown together, organized by date. To see your photos organized into albums or folders, select Menu and then Albums or Folders.

Your pictures always look their best

The Photos app automatically enhances photos by tweaking things like color, contrast, brightness, red eyes, or even straightening a slanted horizon, as needed.

Photo being enhanced

Changes aren’t saved to your original files—you can switch enhancements on or off anytime using the Enhance

Enhance icon

Help the app find more photos

    The Photos app automatically finds most of the photos and videos on your PC and OneDrive. But if it’s missing a folder full of photos, you might need to tell it where to look.

  1. Open the Photos app and select Settings.

  2. Under Sources, select Add a folder.

  3. Browse to a folder on your PC, an external drive, or a network drive connected to your PC, and then select Add this folder to Pictures. Subfolders of the folders you add are included too.

Automatically upload photos

Add your photos and videos from other devices to OneDrive, so you can see them in the Photos app, and get to them from almost anywhere.

  • iOS, Mac OSX, or Android: Install the app on each device, and turn on the setting to automatically upload photos and videos.

  • Asset not found: Your camera roll is automatically uploaded to OneDrive by default. If you don’t see photos from your phone in the Photos app on your PC, open the OneDrive app on your phone, select See more > Settings, and make sure that Manage OneDrive upload settings is on.

  • PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10: Open File Explorer, then drag your Pictures folder from This PC over to OneDrive.

Import pictures

If you have pictures on a camera with an SD card, or saved to a memory stick or external hard drive, the simplest way to get them onto your PC might be to import them.

  1. Use a USB cable to connect the device where your new pictures are located to the PC.

  2. On Start

    Start icon
    , select All apps > Photos.

  3. Select Import, and follow the instructions. It'll automatically select the new items you haven't imported before, or you can choose what to import.


Article ID: 17194 - Last Review: Jun 14, 2016 - Revision: 7