Can I upload large files to OneDrive?
“I have a 500GB external drive full of data. I need to use this drive so, since I have 1TB of storage in OneDrive, I want to upload the content to free up the drive. I have a quite good connection too, so I figured it wouldn't take too long. The thing is that how do I upload large files to OneDrive efficiently?
How do I upload large files to OneDrive? 4 ways here
Some users who are not familiar with OneDrive may be confused about how OneDrive upload large files. In fact, the method of uploading large files is the same as the method of uploading ordinary files. You only need to figure out the file size limitations of different upload methods and choose the appropriate method to upload your large files.
As we all know, OneDrive provides users with different ways to upload files to OneDrive. Generally, you are allowed to upload files through its official web app, desktop app, mobile app as well as OneDrive folder on your PC. However, there are some limitations on file size. And the file size limitation is various from different uploading ways.
Please read on and check the upload methods below, we will explain the file size limit of each method and show you how to upload files on OneDrive in 4 different ways. You can choose the best way you think to do OneDrive upload.
Way 1. Upload large files to OneDrive via OneDrive web app
Generally, depending on the web browser you use, you can upload files to OneDrive that are up to 100GB in size (This limit is per file, not total). If you use the latest version of Microsoft Edge or other popular web browsers, you can upload files up to 100GB in size. If you use an older web browser, the maximum file size is 300 MB.
1. On the OneDrive website, sign in with your Microsoft account.
2. On the main page of OneDrive, click the "Upload" option to select the files you want to upload to OneDrive and then click on “Open”.
3. The upload will start. When complete you will see your uploaded folder in your OneDrive.
✎Note: In the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser, you can also upload folders from the “Folder” option on the “Upload” menu, or drag folders to the website.
How to upload large files on OneDrive using the web app has been shown above. This way is feasible but is also very unreliable. The OneDrive web app will stop working more often than not. Besides, if it stops, the upload has to start from the beginning. Therefore, to upload large number of files to OneDrive, you are recommended to add the files to the OneDrive via the desktop app rather than the website.
Way 2. Upload large files to OneDrive via OneDrive desktop app
If you have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or a Mac, you can install the free OneDrive desktop app to add files and folders to OneDrive automatically from your PC without having to go to the OneDrive website. You can upload files up to 100GB in size if you use the OneDrive app. If you sign in with a work or school account, the maximum file size is 15GB. It’s also worth noting that OneNote notebooks saved in OneDrive are limited to 2GB.
1. Download the OneDrive desktop application and install it.
✎Note: If you're using Windows 10/11, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed.
2. Open the OneDrive program on your computer and sign in to your OneDrive account.
3. Select a location for your OneDrive folder and then select the folders that you want to sync across the local PC and the cloud.
4. After setting, an OneDrive folder will be created on your computer. You find this folder in Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder and drag files or folder to into this OneDrive folder to let OneDrive sync large files to the cloud automatically.
Way 3. Upload large files to OneDrive by OneDrive mobile app
You can also upload large files to OneDrive using the OneDrive mobile app for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. However, because of the limitation of mobile phone memory, it is relatively rare to upload large files from mobile devices. If needed, you can follow the steps to upload large files to OneDrive by OneDrive mobile app. You can also upload files up to 100GB in this way.
1. Install the OneDrive app on your mobile device from Google Play or App Store.
2. After installing, log-in to your OneDrive Account.
3. In the OneDrive app, tap OneDrive add icon at the top of the screen.
4. Tap to the "Upload" option and then select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.
Way 4. Auto upload large files to OneDrive via free cloud backup tool
Actually, as you can see, all of the official tools above have a OneDrive max file size limitation. If you want to avoid the OneDrive file size limit, you can rely on some professional and powerful cloud backup tools. You are recommended to use CBackup, which is a free cloud backup service for Windows PCs. It has advantages as below:
☛CBackup allows you to back up large files from your local computer to OneDrive quickly without file size limitations. And CBackup does not impose any restrictions on your transmission speed, it depends totally on your internet speed.
☛CBackup also allows you to backup files automatically with its scheduled backup feature. You can set up a scheduled backup task at specific time, daily, weekly, monthly mode to backup your files to OneDrive regularly and automatically.
☛CBackup is quite easy to use. You can figure it out quickly even for the first time.
Please refer to the steps below with the best way to upload large files to OneDrive:
1. Download CBackup and follow the wizard to finish the installation. It will be installed in a short time.
2. Run CBackup, sign up for a CBackup account, and sign in.
3. Click "My Storage" on the left side, and click the "+ Add Cloud" button, then choose OneDrive and hit "Add". Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your OneDrive files.
4. Select the "Backup Tasks" tab, and then press "+ New Task" button to create your backup task.
5. Specify the "Task Name", and click "Local Files" > "Add Source" button to choose folders you want to backup to OneDrive. Hit "Add Destination" button to choose OneDrive as the target location. Then, press the "Start Backup" button to upload large files to OneDrive.
✎Note: If you want to rely on OneDrive auto backup, click Settings before the task starts and set the frequency at which the task will be automatically performed under the Scheduler tab.
Bonus tips: What if OneDrive storage space is insufficient?
As mentioned above, OneDrive offers only 5GB of free storage space, which may be not enough for you to backup files to OneDrive regularly. If you need more backup space for Windows PC files, you can get more backup space in 2 ways. Please read on.
Way 1. Turn to another cloud
If you focus on backup instead of other aspects, you can turn to a cloud backup service that offers more professional backup methods and more reasonable backup space. CBackup can meet the requirement. It also has its own cloud server called CBackup Cloud.
As long as you sign up for a CBackup account, you can enjoy 10GB of free storage of CBackup Cloud. If your OneDrive backup space is not enough, you can also backup files to CBackup Cloud. Therefore, if you need a OneDrive alternative, it is a great choice.
Way 2. Combine OneDrive storage space
Besides PC cloud backup, CBackup also offers a feature to manage and combine multiple cloud storage. On CBackup, you can add and merge OneDrive accounts and combine the backup space of several OneDrive accounts into a huge, even unlimited cloud backup space for free.
1. Add your OneDrive accounts on CBackup as many as you have.
2. After adding, all your OneDrive accounts are listed under My Storage tab. Click the "+" button, you will see a "New Combined Cloud" option in the menu. Click it.
3. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on "Next". Then follow the steps combine OneDrive accounts.
Now, you will have a "Combined Cloud" in your clouds list under My Storage tab. And you could choose the combined cloud as the destination to store more files while configuring a backup task.
Besides, CBackup allows you to backup one cloud data to another to avoid data loss, which means you could migrate OneDrive to Google Drive, migrate Google Drive to Dropbox, etc. Meanwhile, you could sync one cloud to another directly without downloading and re-uploading, especially useful to switch cloud accounts.
Uploading large files to OneDrive can be an easy way if you choose the most suitable way according to your needs. All of the ways above can help you upload large files from your local storage to OneDrive efficiently, but if you want to backup files automatically without any OneDrive upload limit, you’d better rely on the CBackup. And this way may be the easiest way to backup any folder to OneDrive among the 4 ways.