How to Upload ZIP File to OneDrive | 3 Ways + 3 Tips

In this tutorial, we list 3 ways to upload ZIP file to OneDrive, answer some frequently asked questions about ZIP file uploads on OneDrive, and offer a free way to increase OneDrive storage.


by Jonna Lasted Updated February 1, 2023

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Can I Upload ZIP File to OneDrive?


I need to back up some documents which were downloaded as a ZIP file. If I want to upload ZIP file to OneDrove, can I simply upload the ZIP file or do I have to unzip it first and then upload it to OneDrive?

ZIP files, also known as archive files, work in much the same way as a standard folder on the computer. However, zipped files take up less storage space and can be transferred from one place to another more quickly than uncompressed files. And, combining several files and folders into a single zipped folder makes it easier to share a group of files.

It is easy to upload folders to OneDrive. Can you upload ZIP files to OneDrive? Of course! We will show you 3 easy and free ways to upload ZIP files on OneDrive.

How to Upload ZIP File to OneDrive in 3 Easy Methods

We will demonstrate three solutions on how to upload ZIP folder to OneDrive with step-by-step guides. The third method is the most efficient and easiest since it has no OneDrive ZIP file size limit or upload speed limit.

Way 1. Upload ZIP Files to OneDrive with its Website

The most common way to upload a ZIP file to OneDrive is to use the OneDrive website on a browser.

The OneDrive maximum file upload size is up to 250 GB (This limit is per file, not total).
Uploading large files to OneDrive or transferring lots of files on OneDrive using the Upload button may take a long time.

Step 1. On the OneDrive website, sign in with your Microsoft account.

Step 2. Click on the Upload button, and choose Files. Then, browse the ZIP files you want to upload and click Open.

OneDrive Upload1

You can also drag files from your computer on the OneDrive website to straightforward upload them to the cloud. If you cannot upload ZIP file to OneDrive or your ZIP file upload is stuck via the browser, you can try the following methods.

Way 2. Upload ZIP to OneDrive via OneDrive desktop app

The OneDrive sync folder brings great ease to people in file uploads. When you run and log in to OneDrive on your computer desktop, there would be a OneDrive folder, with which you can upload files and access cloud files locally. However, it only supports you to upload ZIP to OneDrive manually.

Step 1. Launch and Sign in to the OneDrive desktop program, then complete the setup.

Step 2. Then, click on Open my OneDrive folder, and drag or copy the ZIP files you want to back up into the OneDrive folder.

Open My OneDrive Folder

If you want to perform OneDrive auto backup for your ZIP folders and files, or you can’t upload large ZIP files to OneDrive using the OneDrive folder, the last option is right for you.

Way 3. Upload ZIP Files to OneDrive without limitations using CBackup

As a handy free cloud backup tool, CBackup can easily upload photos, videos, documents, ZIP files, and various other types of files to OneDrive, and allows users to backup OneDrive to Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and other clouds.

Except for backing up data to OneDrive, it also supports multiple cloud storage services. Its main features are as follows:

• Backup and sync files to clouds without file size, file type, and upload speed limitations
• Support file, folder, partition, and computer backup
• Offer flexibly scheduled backups like daily, weekly, and monthly
• Upload data to OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox for free on a single interface
• 10GB of free CBackup Cloud

How to do ZIP file upload to OneDrive with CBackup? You can go with the step-by-step guide below.

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Step 1. Create a free account for CBackup. Run the CBackup client, and sign in.

Step 2. Click Storage > OneDrive > Authorize Now to warrant CBackup access to your OneDrive account.

Select OneDrive

Step 3. Go to the Sync tab, and choose Sync PC to Public Cloud.

Choose PC to Public Cloud

Step 4. Browse and choose the ZIP files you want to upload. Then, select a folder in OneDrive to store the items.

Step 5. Click Settings to set up file auto sync under Scheduler (optional). Hit Start Sync to upload ZIP file to OneDrive now.

Sync Files to OneDrive

Frequently Asked Questions about Uploading ZIP File to OneDrive

Here are some frequently asked questions about syncing ZIP files and uploading folders to OneDrive.

#1. How do I open a ZIP file in OneDrive?

After synchronizing ZIP files, you may meet OneDrive ZIP file not opening. You can do the following to open a ZIP file.

Press and folder the zipped file in the OneDrive folder on your computer, select Extract All, and then it will be unzipped. And then, you can access all the contents in the zipped folder.

#2. How to upload files to OneDrive and share

You can upload files to OneDrive with any of the methods above. After uploading, you can share OneDrive files via a link or by sending an email.

  • Use a link: Log in to the OneDrive website > select the files you want to share > click Share > select Anyone with the link > click Apply and copy the link to share with anyone.

Share to Anyone with The Link in OneDrive

  • Send an email: Navigate to the OneDrive website > select the files you want to share > click Share > choose Specific people to tap Apply > input corresponding email addresses > click Send.

Share to Specific People in OneDrive

Increase OneDrive Cloud Storage for Free

If your OneDrive cloud storage is running out, the cloud storage combination feature of CBackup can help you to expand your cloud storage for free.

CBackup lets you merge 10 or more cloud accounts to get more cloud storage with ease. For example, you can combine all your OneDrive accounts. You can also combine OneDrive accounts with Google Drive accounts and Dropbox accounts. Here is how:

Step 1. Run the CBackup desktop application and sign in.

Step 2. Click Storage > + Add Cloud, select a cloud drive, click Add, and finish the authorization.

Add Google Drive

Note: CBackup has no limit on the number of cloud drives. So, you can add all your accounts to it. The more cloud accounts you add to it, the larger cloud space you can get after the combination.

Step 3. Tap on the + Add Combined Cloud on the Storage screen.

New Combined Cloud

Step 4. Rename the combined cloud and tick all the cloud drives you wish to combine. Then click Next > Combine.

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The cloud storage combination is completed. You can click Backup > Backup PC to Combined Cloud to backup files to the combined cloud.

Backup PC to Combined Cloud


You can upload ZIP file to OneDrive using the OneDrive website, the OneDrive desktop app, or with the help of CBackup. The most recommended method is to utilize CBackup. It can not only make OneDrive sync ZIP file easily but also back up your entire computer to OneDrive automatically. And, it allows you to increase OneDrive cloud storage at no cost by combining accounts.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna becomes a professional in the areas of cloud backup and restoration, data protection, etc. after years of learning and researching. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.

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