Use OneDrive on Android

Use OneDrive on Android

The OneDrive app lets you upload your pictures and download any files you have at OneDrive.com.

Note: The OneDrive app does not sync files automatically, but you can upload updated files and edited pictures.

After you download the OneDrive app, watch the video for quick tips or 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.

  • To change your OneDrive password, sign in to your account online at account.microsoft.com/security.

To add an additional OneDrive for Business account, tap your picture or the icon at the top of the app Account picture or icon in the OneDrive app for Android , and then tap Add account. Sign in using the username and password you use for OneDrive for Business.

Add account in the OneDrive app for Android

When your organization uses SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Server 2016, the sign-in process is different from Office 365. On the sign in screen, tap Have a SharePoint Server URL? Then enter the web address of your SharePoint server to continue the sign-in process. The web address, also known as a URL, may look like http://portal.

Notes: 

  • For you to sign in to OneDrive for Business, your organization needs to have a qualifying SharePoint Online or Office 365 business subscription plan. Or your organization needs to have its own SharePoint Server deployment.

  • You cannot sign in with multiple work or school accounts from the same organization.

Notes: 

  • Camera Upload can only be used on one account at a time.

  • Photos uploaded through the Camera Upload feature will automatically be sorted by Year and Month into nested folders in the Camera Roll folder. Please note that moving, renaming, or deleting these folders is not supported or recommended at this time.

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 the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app, then tap Settings OneDrive 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.

  • The OneDrive cloud icon may briefly appear in your Android notifications as part of the normal upload process.

For OneDrive for Business accounts:

  1. Make sure you're signed in to the app with the account that you want to upload photos to.

  2. Select Me Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS > Photos.

  3. In the Photos view, from the Camera upload status pop-up, select Turn on. (If you already have Camera Upload enabled on another account, select Change instead.)

  4. Confirm that you want to Turn on Camera upload. (If you selected Change in the previous step, confirm that you want to Change the Camera Upload account.)

  5. Confirm again that you have the right account selected.

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap Scan Icon for Scan in OneDrive mobile apps (you can also tap Add Add button in the OneDrive app for Android at the bottom of the screen, then tap Scan). (To exit out of Scan mode without scanning anything, just tap the X icon in the upper left corner of your screen.)

  2. Select the appropriate flash setting (on, off, automatic, or torch) by tapping the Flash icon in the upper right corner.

  3. Select either Whiteboard, Document, Business Card, or Photo, then tap the white circle icon to scan the item.

    Options when scanning via OneDrive for Android

    Tip: Office 365 subscribers have the option for multi-page scanning, allowing you to combine multiple scans into a single PDF. To utilize that option, tap Add, then scan your next document.

  4. Once you've scanned your item, you can crop it, rotate it, or modify the filter you selected earlier (Whiteboard, Document, Business Card, or Photo). (If you don't like the image, tap the X icon in the upper left to delete the scan and try again.)

    Options for editing scans in OneDrive mobile apps

  5. Once you're done editing your item, tap Done, enter a file name, then tap Save.

    Tip: Files are automatically saved as PDFs.

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 button in the OneDrive app for Android 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.

Mark files or folders "offline" to read them anytime, even when you aren't connected to the Internet. Online edits made to the files sync the next time your Android device connects to the Web, so you get the latest version of the file.

Notes: 

  • Files or folders marked offline are read-only - you can edit the them only when you're online. If you edit a file offline, it saves as a new file, and does not change the original OneDrive file.

  • Taking folders offline is available for Premium OneDrive with an Office 365 subscription.

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap and hold the file or folder that you want available for offline reading, then tap Keep offline Offline button in the OneDrive app for Android at the top of the app.

  2. Files or folders marked for offline reading have the Keep offline icon in the List view. Tap the file listing anytime to open the file for reading.

Tip: Once you mark a file or folder offline, OneDrive also lists it in an Files Available Offline view. Tap the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app, tap Files Available Offline to instantly find all your offline files and folders.

To stop keeping a file or folder offline, select the offline file or folder and tap Online only Online only .

  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 More More button in OneDrive app for Android in next to the file you want to save and then tap Save.

  3. 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, type the phrase you want in the Search box, and then tap the search icon at the bottom of the screen.

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.

    Note: If you don't see the OneDrive option, download and save the music file to your device first.

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

    Notes: 

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

    • Go into Settings > Apps.

    • Scroll down and then tap OneDrive.

    • 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.

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

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 button in the OneDrive app for Android 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.

If you're using OneDrive, you can access your SharePoint files in the mobile app without leaving OneDrive. SharePoint sites you've recently interacted with or that you follow appear in a list located under the name of your organization. You'll also be able to see your Office 365 groups in the list, as each group will have its own team site.

To learn more, see Find your SharePoint files in OneDrive.

To switch between a personal OneDrive account and a OneDrive for Business account, or between multiple OneDrive for Business accounts, tap your picture or the icon at the top of the app Account picture or icon in the OneDrive app for Android , and then tap the account you want to use.

Switching between accounts in the OneDrive app for Android

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

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 the Shared view icon Shared view button in OneDrive app for Android at the bottom of the app.

Shared files view in OneDrive app for Android

The Shared view includes files shared with you, and files you've shared with others. When signed in with a personal OneDrive account, tap a sharer's name to find the files shared by that person.

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 the current sort order, for example A-Z.

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

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 the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app, 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 the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app. You'll see your total storage and space available near the top of the Me view.

OneDrive can remove local copies of the photos on your device to free up some space on your phone for things like apps and music.

Clean Up Space will run automatically once you have at least 1 GB of photos or videos to upload on your device (either by already having them on the device or by taking new ones). A notification will appear on your device offering to Clean up space on your device. Tap Yes under the notification to free up the space on your device.

To set up OneDrive to clean up space automatically, you just need to turn on Camera upload. Here's how:

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app, then tap Settings OneDrive settings .

  2. Tap Camera upload and set Camera upload to On.

To run Clean Up Space manually:

  1. Tap the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app, then Settings OneDrive settings

  2. Tap Clear space on your device.

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If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team.

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.

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