Find and work with OneDrive files in iOS

Use the OneDrive app to save, move, upload or download files and photos.

Add a photo or video

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Add Add icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the top of the screen.

  2. Then tap to create a folder, take a photo or video, or upload an existing one.

    Screenshot of the Add menu in OneDrive app for iOS

    • If you choose Take a Photo or Video, your device's camera app opens. You might be asked if you want OneDrive to access your camera - tap Yes to allow your pictures to be saved in OneDrive.

    • If you tap Choose Existing, links appear to the Photos app on your device. Browse to the pictures you want to upload, select them, then on the top bar, tap Done.

Create a folder

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

  1. In the view or folder where you want a new folder, tap Add Add icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the top of the screen, and then tap Create a Folder.

  2. Under Folder name, tap where it says "New folder" and type in the name you want for the folder, then tap Create.

Move files to a different OneDrive folder

  1. Select the files you want to move, tap More More icon in the OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the screen, then tap Move.

    Tip: You can move folders into another folder, as well as individual files.

  2. Your Files list appears. Tap the folder you want the files moved to, then tap Move.

Tip: To create a new folder for these moved files, at the bottom of the Files list, tap New Folder. Enter a name for the new folder, then tap Create.

Download a photo or video from OneDrive to your device

Note: You can only download one photo at a time.

  1. Select a photo and then at the bottom of the screen, tap Share > Save Photo.

    OneDrive download

  2. Find your downloaded photo in your device's Camera Roll folder.

Find the file you're looking for

You can search for text within files and even photos. At the top of any file view, tap the Search box, and then type your search phrase.

Tip: A search includes only the contents of the folder you have open - for example, if a folder called Work Documents is open, search will look only at files in the Work Documents folder. To search all of your OneDrive files, use search in the Files view.

Recover a file from the Recycle Bin

Files deleted from OneDrive are kept in the OneDrive Recycle Bin for 30 days. The files can be restored to OneDrive before then, or you can permanently delete them from your OneDrive.

  1. Tap the person icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the top of the screen, tap the Information icon Information icon in the OneDrive app for iOS next to the account you're using, and then tap View Recycle Bin.

  2. In the Recycle Bin view, select the files you want to restore.

  3. To restore the files back to your OneDrive, tap Restore OneDrive restore file . Tap Delete OneDrive delete file to remove the files permanently.

Share a file

In the OneDrive app, tap the check box by the files or folders you want to share and tap Share OneDrive share .

Share in OneDrive

Note: If you want the file to be shared as read-only, tap View Only before you choose how to share.

If you want to share with a large number of people, such as in a social media or blog post, select Copy link.

If you want to share with a few specific people, select Invite people, Email or Send file.

Copy the link
  1. Tap Share > Copy link. OneDrive creates a URL for your files and puts it in your device clipboard.

  2. Go to where you want to put the link, such as a blog, web page or social media post, and paste.

Invite people to share
  1. Tap Share > Invite people.

  2. In the Invite people panel, at Share with, enter the email addresses you want. Tap Add Contact Add recipient to add recipients from your Contacts list.

  3. If you want the recipients to be able to add changes or edits, under Options, turn on the Allow editing? switch. Turn it off to make the file read-only for the recipients.

  4. Tap Add. The recipients get an email message with a link to the document.

Note: Remember that anyone who has the link can open, download and save the document, and forward the link.

Send a link in email
  1. Tap Share > Email in Outlook.

    If you don't have Outlook for iOS on your device, tap Share > Mail, then use the iOS mail app, or choose the app you want to use.

  2. An email message opens, including a link to the files you're sharing. Enter the address of the people you want to share with, and add a note if you want, then send the message.

Attach the file in email
  1. Tap Share > Send file.

    Tip: Sharing as an attachment works only with individual files. If you want to share multiple files or a folder, use Invite people or Copy link.

  2. Select the app you want to use for the email message and tap.

  3. An email message opens, with the file you're sharing as an attachment. Enter the address of the people you want to share with, and add a note if you want, then send the message.

More help for OneDrive

In your OneDrive app on a phone, shake the device to get help or share feedback on OneDrive. On other devices, get help by emailing the OneDrive support team.

See more support pages for OneDrive.

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