Find and work with OneDrive files in Windows phone

Upload and work with files in OneDrive on your Windows phone just as you do on your computer. Upload and save any file type, including documents, photos, videos, and music files.

Upload files to OneDrive

  1. In OneDrive on your Windows phone, in the folder where you want the photos added, tap Add Add photo .

  2. At Choose an app, pick the source of the file you want to upload, such as This Device or your phone's Photos app.

    Note: If your phone is set to automatically save photos to OneDrive, your phone's Photos app shows photos from OneDrive as well as phone photos that have not been uploaded. Uploading a photo that was already uploaded creates a duplicate of the photo in OneDrive.

  3. Find the file you want to upload, select it, and then tap OK OK .

Tip: You can also upload photos and videos from your phone to the OneDrive folder on your computer with File Explorer, or Photos app import. Connect your phone to the computer with your phone's data cable, or using wi-fi or Bluetooth connection.

Set your phone to upload photos automatically to OneDrive
  1. In OneDrive, tap Menu OneDrive Menu > Settings OneDrive settings > Camera upload.

  2. Under Camera upload, turn the switch On.

    To also automatically upload videos you take with your phone, turn On the switch at Include videos.

    Tip: You can upload videos automatically only if Camera upload is also turned on.

  3. Under Camera backup account, tap open the list and select the OneDrive account that you want pictures uploading to.

Add a folder

You can add folders in the Files view, or inside any other folder in OneDrive.

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap See more See more , and then tap Create a new folder.

  2. Enter a name for the new folder, then tap OK OK .

Move files to a different OneDrive folder

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Select Select files , then tap the check box of one or more files you want to move, then tap Move Move files .

  2. At Select a destination folder, tap the folder you want the files moved to, then tap Move OK .

    Tip: To create a new folder for the files you're moving, tap See more See more and then Create a new folder.

Find the file you're looking for

You can search for file or folder names, text within files and even text in photos. Tap Search Search OneDrive and type the phrase you want in the Search box.

Change how files are sorted

In the OneDrive app, open the folder you want to sort and tap Sort by Sort . You can sort by name, date, or size.

Note: Sorting works in the All Files view, or in a folder inside All Files. The Photos, Documents and Shared views sort by date only.

Download files from OneDrive to your device

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Select Select files and tap the check box of the files that you want, then tap Download Download file .

    Note: OneDrive on Windows Phone currently doesn't let you download folders or OneNote notebooks.

  2. Find and open the folder on your device where you want the downloads, and then tap Save Done adding .

Recover a file from the OneDrive recycle bin

  1. Tap Menu OneDrive Menu > Recycle bin.

  2. Tap Select Select files and tap the check box of the files you want to recover, then tap Restore Restore .

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