Manually upload files or photos to OneDrive in iOS

Manually upload files or photos to OneDrive in iOS

Use the OneDrive app to upload photos and videos from your device, create new folders, and move photos and videos from one OneDrive folder to another. 

If you want to have your device's camera roll upload to OneDrive automatically, read how to Automatically save photos and videos from OneDrive on iOS.

To upload files and folders with the OneDrive for iOS app

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap OneDrive add icon at the top of the screen.

  2. Then tap to Take a photo, Scan a document, Create a folder or Upload a file or photo.


  • OneDrive cannot upload photos optimized for iCloud. To disable optimization, tap Settings > iCloud > Photos and uncheck Optimize Storage.

  • Learn how to upload HEIF and HEVC photos and videos to OneDrive.

  • If you choose Take a Photo, 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.

Move files to a different folder with the OneDrive for iOS app

  1. Select the files you want to move,

  2. Tap More icon in the OneDrive app for iOS at the top of the screen, then tap Move. You can move folders into another folder, as well as individual files.

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

Create a new folder using the OneDrive app

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

  1. Go to the location where you want to add a new folder,

  2. Tap OneDrive add icon at the top of the screen and then tap Create a Folder.

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

Learn more

Troubleshoot OneDrive for iOS app problems

Automatically save photos and videos from OneDrive on iOS

Upload HEIF and HEVC photos and videos to OneDrive

Scan a whiteboard, document, business card, or photo in OneDrive for iOS

Need more help?


Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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Email support
If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team. To contact OneDrive for Business support from your PC or Mac, select the OneDrive icon in the notification area or menu bar, then select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

OneDrive for Business Admins can also view the OneDrive for Business Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Business Admins, or contact Office 365 for business support.

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Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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