OneDrive for Android: FAQ

Here are the basics about using the OneDrive app for Android.

Download the app from Google Play

Download the app from the Amazon Appstore

Sign in

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 OneDrive for Business account, try signing in at or contact your IT department.

Automatically upload photos and videos you take (personal OneDrive accounts only)

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.


  • 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 or photos

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 OneDrive Camera 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.

Download multiple files from OneDrive to your device

  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

Find the file you're looking for

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.

Create a folder

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.

Add a OneDrive for Business account

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.

Switch between accounts

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.

Share a file (personal OneDrive accounts only)

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

If you want to share with a few specific people, select Invite people.

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

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

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

  3. If you want the recipients to be able to add changes or edits, check the box at Allow editing. Uncheck that box to make the file read-only for the recipients.

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

Share a link
  1. Tap Share > Share a link.

  2. Select whether you want recipients to be able to Edit the file, or View the file as read-only, then tap OK.

  3. In the Share the link via list, tap the app you want to use for sharing the link. You might have to drag the list upward to see all the options.

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

Share as an attachment
  1. Tap Share > Send files.

  2. In the Share with list, tap the app you want to use to send the attached file.

  3. If you want to use that app every time you share as an attached file, tap Always. If you tap Just once, this choice appears again next time you share as an attachment.

    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 Invite people or Share a link.

Files shared with you

When someone shares a OneDrive file or folder with you, you typically get an email message or a notification on your Android device. Find the files in the Shared view - tap Menu Delve for Android Menu for the list of available views.

Shared view in OneDrive

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

Shared files view

Change how files are sorted

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

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

Add a PIN code

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, 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.

See how much storage space you have (for your personal OneDrive account)

In the OneDrive app, open Settings and tap your account name to see your total storage and space available.

More help for OneDrive (personal accounts)

See all support pages for OneDrive.

For help with OneDrive on other devices, see OneDrive for iOS: FAQ or OneDrive for Windows Phone: FAQ.

Get help from the Answer Desk.

More help for OneDrive for Business

What is OneDrive for Business?

Ask your question in the OneDrive for Business community forum

For more help, contact your IT department or administrator. If you're the SharePoint Online administrator, you can also open a support ticket in the Office 365 admin center.

Applies To: OneDrive

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