OneDrive is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. You can easily add files on your PC to OneDrive to always have them with you on the devices you use. And you can browse your OneDrive using the OneDrive app or File Explorer in the desktop.
For OneDrive tips and basics, see Getting started with OneDrive.
For help with sync problems, see Troubleshoot sync problems.
Yes, you need to sign in with a Microsoft account to
browse your OneDrive and keep your files and settings in sync. If you sign in with a local account, you can only use the OneDrive app to browse your PC. To browse your OneDrive files, you'll need to go to the OneDrive website.
Most PCs running Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 are set up with these OneDrive settings:
Photos you take on your PC (if it has a camera) are saved to your camera roll folder, and a lower-resolution copy of each photo is saved to your OneDrive automatically.
OneDrive is selected as the default location when you save documents.
If you want to choose a different location for a document, you can.
Windows will save a backup copy of your PC settings to OneDrive. If something ever happens to your PC and you need to replace it, you can easily transfer your settings to a new PC.
For more info about syncing your settings, see Sync settings between PCs.
You can change any of these settings in PC settings. To get there:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click OneDrive.
To see the size of your OneDrive and how much space you have available, follow these steps:
In the OneDrive app, swipe down or right-click a file or folder, tap or click Share, and then pick a sharing option.
This option lets you give specific individuals or groups permission to items, so that you can remove individual permissions later if you need to. Another benefit of sharing items this way is that recipients can quickly access them from their Shared view on the OneDrive website.
Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with, or tap or click Add people to pick people from the People app.
Add a note to recipients if you want.
To change the permission level, tap or click Recipients can edit files or Recipients can view files.
If you choose Recipients can edit files, people can view your items and use Office Online programs to edit Office documents, all without signing in. To make other edits, like adding or deleting files in a folder, people need to sign in with a Microsoft account. Recipients can forward your message to other people, and anyone who receives the message will also be able to edit the items.
If you choose
Recipients need to sign in with a Microsoft account, recipients will need to sign in with a Microsoft account before they can view items you're sharing.
Even if you choose this option, you can still invite people without knowing their Microsoft accounts. You can use any email addresses you have to invite people, and if some recipients don't have a Microsoft account, they can create one for free.
Tap or click Send to save the permission settings and send a message with a link to the item.
Use this option to share items with lots of people you might not even know personally. For example, you can use these links to post to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also use them to share in email or IM, but you'll have less control over individual permissions than you do with the Invite people option.
Choose the type of link you want. The permissions for the item are automatically updated when you create the link.
When you share items with this type of link, people can view your items without signing in. They can also forward the link to other people.
When you share items with this type of link, people can view your items and use Office Online programs to edit Office documents, all without signing in. To make other edits, like adding or deleting files in a folder, people need to sign in with a Microsoft account. People can forward an edit link to other people, and anyone who receives the link will also be able to edit the items.
A public link is like a View only link, but it also allows anyone to find the shared item by searching. If you choose this option, people will be able to access the item you're sharing even if you don't publish the link you get.
Tap or click Create link. This copies the link to your Clipboard.
Paste the link into an email, IM, document, or wherever you want to share it. Or, tap or click Share to. This selects the Share charm so that you can share the link using another app.
You can also share files and folders in OneDrive from File Explorer. Press and hold or right-click the file or folder you want to share, tap or click Share with, and then choose OneDrive. This takes you to the OneDrive. For more info about the sharing options on the website, see Share files and folders and change permissions.
Files can't be more than 2 GB in size. Some kinds of content are also prohibited. For more info, check the code of conduct. For work-related files, we recommend using OneDrive for Business.
For info, see Windows now comes with OneDrive.
The files you added to OneDrive from your PC or previously opened on your PC are automatically available offline on that PC. Any files you created on the OneDrive website or another computer are online-only to save space on your PC.
For info about online-only files and how to make files available offline, see Online-only files and files available offline.
If you create a new file in your OneDrive or change a file while OneDrive is still setting up on your PC, those files won't be uploaded until setup is complete.
If you make a file available offline, it also won't be downloaded until setup is complete. To download a file before setup finishes, open the file.
To tell if OneDrive is done setting up:
Open the OneDrive app and look for All files are up to date in the upper-right corner.
In File Explorer, tap or click OneDrive in the left pane and look for Files are up to date in the status bar at the bottom of the window.
To recover deleted OneDrive files, check your Recycle Bin on your desktop, or go to the OneDrive website and tap or click the Recycle bin link in the lower-left corner.
Some desktop apps might not be able to open online-only files (even when you're connected to the Internet). If online-only files don't appear in a desktop app that you use, make the files available offline by following the steps to make files available offline earlier in this topic.
Make sure that your PC isn't set to go to sleep when you have a lot of files (or very large files) to upload or download. To do this, search for "Power and sleep settings." Also, check out the tips in Maximize upload and download speed.
You can't currently do this in the OneDrive app, but you can by going to the OneDrive website.
If you want as much bandwidth as possible to do something (like stream a movie), you can pause syncing and all other OneDrive activities that use your network connection.
Open the OneDrive app.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Tap or click Options, and then turn off Sync files.
If you have a metered Internet connection, you can turn off syncing and all other OneDrive activities that use your network connection.
Tap or click Metered connections, and turn all the settings to Off.
Open File Explorer.
Press and hold or right-click OneDrive in the left pane.
Tap or click Properties, and then tap or click the Location tab.
Tap or click Move.
Pick any folder that's on a drive formatted with the NTFS file system, and then tap or click Select Folder.
In the Move Folder dialog box, tap or click Yes.
You can't switch between accounts in the OneDrive app. When you sign in to a PC with your Microsoft account, you're automatically signed in to OneDrive with that account. You can still get to OneDrive files for a different account by going to the OneDrive website.
Tap or click Buy more storage.
To buy an storage plan in a specific country or region, you need to change the location for your PC:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
In the search box, enter region, and then, in the results, tap or click Change your country or region.
Select the country or region in the list.
You might need to restart your PC for these changes to go into effect.
No, the app comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 and can't be uninstalled, but it can be unpinned from the Start screen. Press and hold or right-click the tile, and then tap or click Unpin from Start.
For the keyboard shortcuts for OneDrive, see Keyboard shortcuts.
If you're having problems getting to your files in OneDrive, check OneDrive service status.
For more help, ask questions and get answers from the community in the Windows forum.