By Kelsey / Last Updated December 29, 2020


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Can You Use OneDrive as A Photo Backup?

Keeping wonderful moments with digital photos has become a habit of people to keep unforgettable memories. You may not be able to afford to lose these photos, so you need to store them in a safer place, such as online.

Physical storage devices (such as external hard drives or USB) can easily cause photo loss due to hard drive failures, accidental deletions, and virus attacks. Backing up photos to cloud storage such as OneDrive can keep them away from local attacks. And as long as there is the Internet, you can access photos through cloud storage services, no matter where you are.


OneDrive provides users with 5GB for free, and its high compatibility allows many photographers and design workers to use it to back up photos: from Photoshop files (PSD) and Illustrator (AI) to Adobe PDF and 3D image formats. Next, we will show you how Microsoft OneDrive photo backup from Android phones, iPhones, and PCs.

Backup Photo to OneDrive from Mobile Devices

Microsoft provides mobile applications for OneDrive, which you can use on your smartphone or tablet to backup your photos to the cloud and make them visible everywhere.

How to Upload Photos to OneDrive from iPhone/iPad?

Step 1. Download Microsoft OneDrive for iOS and sign in to your existing OneDrive account (or sign up for one as needed).

Step 2. Tap the Add icon at the top of the OneDrive screen. Then click Take a Photo or Video or Upload.

iOs Add Icon Upload

  • Select Take a Photo or Video, the device's camera app will open. You might be asked if you want OneDrive to access your camera, tap Yes to allow your pictures to be uploaded in OneDrive.

  • Select Upload, links appear to the Photos app on your device. Find the pictures you want to upload and select them, tap Done.

You can also set up to automatically backup iPhone photos to OneDrive.

Step 1. Go to OneDrive, tap on the Me icon found on the top-left corner, and click Settings.

iOs Settings

Step 2. Click Camera Upload, toggle the switch to activate the function of automatically uploading iPhone/iPad photos to OneDrive.

Turn On Camara Upload

How to Upload Photos to OneDrive from Android?

In fact, the manual method of Android backup photos to OneDrive is the same as on iOS, here is only how to enable automatic backup.

Step 1. Download Microsoft OneDrive for Android, and sign in to your account.

Step 2. Click the Me icon in the lower-right corner and go to Settings.

Android Settings

Step 3. Look for Camera Upload and click, toggle the switch to enable automatically upload files to OneDrive.

Android Camera Upload

Step 4. When prompts pop up, click Confirm to enable this feature.

Confirm Camera Upload Android

Backup Photo to OneDrive from Windows or Mac

This chapter provides two simple methods to help you back up photos to OneDrive.

Way 1. Use OneDrive Folder

After installing the OneDrive desktop application on your computer, there will be an OneDrive folder. You only need to copy the photos to this folder and they will be backed up to OneDrive.

Step 1. You can first put the photos that need to be uploaded in a folder in advance, then right-click to select the folder and click Copy.

Step 2. Open the OneDrive folder, right-click the blank space and select Paste to make it.

Paste Folder To Onedrive

Way 2. Use OneDrive Website

The OneDrive website allows you to manually select and upload files from your local computer. You can directly select the pictures you need when uploading files through the OneDrive website.

Step 1. Navigate to the OneDrive website and sign in to your account.

Step 2. Click the Upload option to select Files or Folder to locate the photos, and click Open to upload manually.

Onedrive Upload

Get More Backup Space in OneDrive for Photos and Videos

Although OneDrive is a good choice for backing up photos, the 5GB it provides for free is limited for most people to store photos. You can consider using a third-party service to merge OneDrive accounts to get more space.

CBackupper can help you free of charge by combining with space in multiple accounts to make full use of their resources. To take advantage of the free or unused space in the cloud, you only need to connect the cloud drive to CBackupper, it will handle the rest. The detailed description is as follows.

Step 1. Get started to create an account, then sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Clouds > Add Clouds, select one of your clouds (here is OneDrive), and click OK. Then sign in to your account and authorize it to CBackupper.

Add OneDrive

Step 3. In the next window, modify the display name and allocate space for backup. Then, click the checkbox before Note and click OK to confirm.

allocated space OneDrive

Now you complete the entire process of adding OneDrive. To add more clouds, even different accounts, you just need to repeat the above steps. Besides, you’d better change the default name to a unique one for distinguish.

Final Words

Now you know the way that OneDrive photo backup from PC, Android, and iPhone. The methods in the article are very simple and easy to make it with the detailed steps provided. And, if you want enough OneDrive space to back up files, then CBackupper is your ideal choice.

In addition to combining the free space of multiple accounts, CBackupper can also provide you with professional backup methods for free to protect data.