Bump photos directly from your phone to your computer

Users of the popular app that lets people share contacts and photos between mobile devices can now easily transfer photos from their iOS or Android phone to their computer.

An explanation of Bump's new phone-to-computer photo transfer tool. Bump Technologies

Frustrated with the process of moving photos from your iPhone to your computer? Bump says it has the answer.

The company, whose app allowing users to swap contacts and photos between mobile devices has been downloaded more than 90 million times, unveiled this morning its newest tool: one that makes transferring photos from an iOS or Android device to a computer as easy as bumping that device against the computer's spacebar.

The key to the new feature is that it requires no software installation on the computer, said Bump CEO Dave Lieb . Instead, it works through users' browsers -- Chrome, Firefox, and Safari -- and the Bump mobile app. Once users load Bump's Web site and the app, they select the photos they want to move and tap their phone against their spacebar. The photos appear on the computer instantaneously.

When the photos appear on the computer, there are a couple of options. One is to download the photo to the computer's hard drive. The other is to create a sharable link to the photo or photos. That means that it's easy to take a group of photos at an event, quickly transfer them later to a computer, and then send a link to everyone who was at the event, Lieb explained.

The new tool works much the same way Bump has all along: it correlates the location of both devices when the app is running and in this case, when the spacebar is tapped, it knows that it's supposed to move photos stored on the mobile device to Bump's hosted Web site.

Users of Bump's existing iOS and Android apps will have to download the latest updates in order for the new service to work.

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