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    Best Microsoft Photos Alternatives

    Microsoft Photos is described as 'You can use the Photos app to view or edit photos and videos in your Pictures library and on OneDrive, and to import photos and videos. The Photos app includes a wide range of editing options to enhance your photos, from automatic fixes to advanced adjustments' and is a Image Viewer in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Photos for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPhone and Xfce. Most alternatives are Image Viewers and Image Editors. The best alternative is IrfanView. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try ImageGlass or nomacs. Other great apps like Microsoft Photos are XnView MP (Free Personal), FastStone Image Viewer (Free Personal), Simple Gallery (Free, Open Source) and JPEGView (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 16, 2022
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    • Windows
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone
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    1. Fast and compact image viewer/converter trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features.
      IrfanView vs Microsoft Photos opinions
      Most users think IrfanView is a great alternative to Microsoft Photos.
      Because of the green font left
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    2. ImageGlass is a simple picture viewer with which you will be able to display your image collection in a very similar way to the one that Windows provides by default, but with some additional functions.


      The first installer available on the website, presented by the author, "ImageGlass Spider", is bundleware. From the privacy policy: "Also, the software shares available resources with the Spider's customers, to pass traffic through your device."

      The author is aware of the problem and indecisive on what action to take. Since less experienced users would fall for the "Spider" edition, be careful when downloading this software.

      ImageGlass vs Microsoft Photos opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ImageGlass is a great alternative to Microsoft Photos.
      ImageGlass is lightweight, simple and beautiful. There are themes which can make the in-app icons look like Windows 10. The settings are really customisable too.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago


    3. nomacs is a small, fast image viewer able to handle the most common image formats including RAW images. Additionally it is possible to synchronize multiple viewers. A synchronization of viewers running on the same computer or via LAN is possible.


      The last release is from July 2020, and it seems the main developer is not working on it anymore. See:

      nomacs vs Microsoft Photos opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      mohas I just want a photo viewer that is simple and fast without extra luggage, nomacs is just that
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    4. XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.
    5. FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.

    6. Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.
    7. JPEGView is a lean, fast and highly configurable viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, WEBP, TGA, GIF and TIFF images with a minimal GUI.


      This project hasn't been updated since 2018 and has since been forked with numerous updates at

    8. qView is a Qt-based image viewer designed to be practical and minimal.
      qView vs Microsoft Photos opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      it is more simplistic, faster in loading images and doesn't come with stuff like video editor like windows photos does. it is also open source and therefore it's perfect.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      onkoe It's a lightweight alternative to Microsoft's Photos app. For LTSC users like myself, it is useful to have a modern photo viewer, allowing us to skip Windows Photo Viewer. Highly recommend!
      Positive comment 19 days ago

    9. HoneyView is a fast image viewer that supports archived image files for comics/manga/photos. Its design is light and the interface skin can be changed. You can set HoneyView as your default image viewer and also add a shell context menu.
    10. Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents.
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