Use OneDrive for Android

After you download the OneDrive app, expand the sections below to learn how to use it.

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To add a personal account, enter your Microsoft account on the sign in page. To add a OneDrive for Business account, enter the email address you use for your company, school, or other organization.

If you have a problem signing in with your work or school account, try signing in at OneDrive.com or contact your IT department.

When you sign in to OneDrive for the first time, you'll be asked if you'd like to automatically upload photos and videos you take on your phone to OneDrive. Tap Turn on to turn on automatic upload. You can also turn this on from Settings. Here's how:

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Menu Delve for Android Menu and then open Settings.

  2. Tap Camera upload.

  3. Set Camera upload to ON.

Notes: 

  • Camera backup is available only on devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.

  • To help preserve your device battery while downloading, select the Upload only when charging checkbox.

  • All photos and videos will be uploaded at their original sizes when you're on a Wi‑Fi network. If you want to use your mobile network, open the OneDrive app, open Settings, tap Camera backup, tap Upload using, and choose Wi‑Fi and mobile network.

  • The camera roll on your device uploads to OneDrive, rather than syncing. That means you can delete uploaded photos and videos from your device, and the copies in OneDrive won't be affected.

Upload files to OneDrive, such as documents, OneNote notebooks, photos, videos or music, with the Upload tool.

Tip: If your device is set to automatically upload pictures to OneDrive, pictures you take with your device will be in the OneDriveCamera roll folder. You don't have to upload them to OneDrive manually.

  1. In the OneDrive app, open the folder you want to add a file to.

  2. Tap Add Add to OneDrive at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Upload.

    Upload to OneDrive

  3. Tap the file you want to upload. It uploads to the folder you had opened.

  1. In the OneDrive app, open the folder that has the files you want to download. Make sure the folder contents appear in list view, not as thumbnails.

  2. Tap the check boxes of the files you want to download.

    Selected files

  3. Tap More More button in the top corner of the screen and then tap Save.

  4. Tap the arrow at Save to this location to see folders on your device. Pick a folder for the downloaded files, then tap Save.

    Save files from OneDrive

You can search for text within files and even photos. To search for text in a file or photo, tap Search Search button at top of message list in the top bar, and then type the phrase you want in the Search box.

Here's how to set a ringtone from a OneDrive music file.

  1. From any Home screen on your device, tap Apps > Settings > Sounds and Notifications > Ringtone.

  2. To use your own music file, scroll all the way to the bottom, then select Add ringtone.

  3. Tap Complete action using: OneDrive, then tap Just once, if prompted.

  4. Select the music file, and then tap Done.

If you want to set a ringtone from your device rather than from OneDrive, you may have to clear the OneDrive app defaults.

  1. Go into Settings > Apps.

  2. Scroll down and then tap OneDrive.

  3. Scroll down and then tap Clear Defaults, and you're done.

After you clear the OneDrive defaults, you should be able to use the Sound Picker whenever you choose OneDrive files as ringtones, instead of going to OneDrive.

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

  1. In the view or folder where you want a new folder, tap Add Add to OneDrive at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Create folder.

    Upload to OneDrive

  2. Type in a name for the folder, then tap OK.

In the OneDrive app, tap the Menu Delve for Android Menu icon, and then tap Add OneDrive for Business. Sign in using the username and password you use for OneDrive for Business.

Note: If you want to sign in with a OneDrive for Business account, your organization needs to have a qualifying SharePoint Online or Office 365 business subscription plan. You can't sign in with an account from an on-premises directory.

To switch between a personal OneDrive account and a OneDrive for Business account, or between multiple OneDrive for Business accounts, tap the Menu Delve for Android Menu icon, and then tap the account you want to use.

Tip: You can add only one personal account to the OneDrive app. To open a different personal account, open Settings, tap your account name, tap Sign out, and then sign in with the account you want to use.

You can share OneDrive files, photos, and folders from the OneDrive app on your Android device just as you can on a PC or Mac. To stop sharing, go to the OneDrive website and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Copy a link to paste in a text message or on a website

  1. Select the file or folder you want (press and hold to select it), and then select Share Share files .

  2. (optional) Select whether recipients Can edit the file, or Can view the file as read-only.

    Screenshot of changing the permission while sharing in the OneDrive app for Android

  3. Select Copy link, and then paste the link in the app or website where you're sharing the link.

    Copy link button in OneDrive for Android

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

Invite people to see a file or folder

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share Share files > Invite people.

    Invite People button in OneDroid for Android

  3. At Add people to share with, enter the names or e-mail addresses you want.

    Screenshot of inviting people to share a file from OneDrive for Android

  4. To let people edit, leave the Allow editing box checked. Uncheck that box to let people only view the file or folder.

    Tip: To add a note to your sharing invitation, tap the arrow at the end of Allow editing, then tap Add a quick note and type what you want to say.

  5. Tap Send Send share invitation . The recipients get an email message with a link to the document.

Send a file as an attachment

  1. Select the file or folder you want to share (press and hold to select it).

  2. Tap Share Share files > Send files.

    Send files button in OneDrive for Android

  3. In the Share list, tap the app you want to use to send the file.

  4. To use that app every time you send a file, tap Always. If you tap Just once, this choice appears again next time you send a file.

    After you make this selection, the app you selected opens. Use it to share the file.

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

When someone shares a OneDrive file or folder with you, you typically get an email message or a notification on your Android device. To find the files shared with you in the OneDrive app, tap Menu Delve for Android Menu > Shared view.

Shared view in OneDrive

Shared view includes files shared with you, and files you've shared with others. Tap a sharer's name to find the files shared by that person.

Shared files view

Note: The Shared view looks different when you're signed in with a work or school account.

  1. In the OneDrive app, open the folder you want to sort, and then tap the arrow next to Sort.

  2. Pick how you want the files sorted. You can sort by name, date, or size.

You can add a PIN code to help prevent other people who use your device from accidentally accessing, changing, or deleting your files.

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Menu Delve for Android Menu and then open Settings.

  2. Tap Passcode, and then turn on Require code.

  3. Enter a 4-digit code, and then enter it again to verify it.

In the OneDrive app, tap Menu Delve for Android Menu > Settings, and then tap your account name to see your total storage and space available.

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