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Can I Use OneDrive for Backup?

OneDrive is Microsoft's storage service for hosting files in the cloud, which is an effective way to back up, sync, and share specific folders and files. Some users may wonder if OneDrive is a good backup solution for data. Actually, cloud storage like OneDrive is indeed a good storage choice for data backups because it can avoid many disasters that may occur on physical storage.

If you don’t know how to use OneDrive for backup, don’t worry, you will learn how to backup file to OneDrive in three different ways to easily keep your data safe. You can use its dedicated directory, website, or app to backup with OneDrive your content. Please read on.

How to Use OneDrive for Backup on Windows or Mac?

OneDrive offers different upload tools to help user backup or sync files to OneDrive easily. For computer users, there is an OneDrive desktop app that allows users to sync files automatically. After installing this app, OneDrive will create a sync folder on your local computer. This folder will be synced in both directions, meaning if you add any files to this location on your PC, they will be added to your OneDrive cloud account automatically, and vice versa.

Therefore, you can use this OneDrive folder just like any other drive you have on your system. Add new folders and create new documents in order to perform backup to OneDrive instantly. Just click on the sync button afterward to make a real-time copy of these files on the cloud.

Part 1. Set Up OneDrive Automatic Backup

Step 1. Download OneDrive desktop application and install it. If you're using Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed.

Step 2. Open OneDrive program on your computer and sign in your OneDrive account to start OneDrive Setup.

OneDrive Sign In

Step 3. On the “This is your OneDrive folder” screen, select “Next” to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files. If you want to change the folder location, select “Change location”.

OneDrive Folder

Step 4. You’ll now be prompted to select the folders that you want to sync across the local PC and the cloud. Then, press the “Next” button to get to the final set up screen.

Choose Sync Folder

Step 5. With OneDrive set up, you can access your cloud storage folder at any time by clicking the "OneDrive" entry in the left pane of the File Explorer. This folder has a two-way sync feature, so you just need to drag and drop the files into this folder, OneDrive will automatically sync the files.

OneDrive Folder

You can opt to back up your desktop, your pictures folder, and your documents folder with the Folder Backup feature of OneDrive.

Step 1. Select the white or blue cloud icon in the Windows notification area, and then select “Help & Settings” > “Settings”, then “Backup” > “Manage backup”.

Manage Backup

Step 2. In the Back up your folders dialog, make sure the folders that you want to back up are selected and select “Start backup”.

Folder Backup

Note: Any time you want to change the folders you sync on your computer, right-click that cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select “Settings” > “Account” > “Choose folders”. Find other information about your account and change other OneDrive settings from here.

Part 2. Backup Files to OneDrive Manually

OneDrive also provides user with a web app to help users manually upload the files (and folders) you wish to backup. If you don’t want to download the OneDrive desktop app or create its dedicated directory on your system, you can directly visit its official website and backup data. If you wish to take OneDrive backup with its website, then follow these simple instructions.

Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and log in to OneDrive account.

Sign Up

Step 2. In order to upload a new file to backup PC to OneDrive, click on the “Upload” button on the toolbar. You can either upload an entire folder or can upload the selected files.

OneDrive Upload

How to Use OneDrive for Backup on Mobile Devices?

If you wish to backup file to OneDrive from your phone, then you can use OneDrive mobile app on your Android, iPhone, or Windows phone to take a backup of your phone’s data as per your needs. To do it, you can follow these steps.

Step 1. Install the OneDrive app on your device and launch it. And then sign in your OneDrive account.

OneDrive Phone Log In

Step 2. In order to perform backup to OneDrive from your phone, tap on the Options (three dots) located at the top.

Add Files

Step 3. Tap on the “Add Items” button to backup files to OneDrive from your phone.

Add Items

Bonus Tip: How to Get More OneDrive Storage for Free?

Using OneDrive as backup solution is a good way to protect your computer and phone data. However, OneDrive only offers 5 GB storage space for free, which may be insufficient for backing up all your computer or phone data. If you want to protect more data without paying for an advanced plan, you can rely on a cloud backup service like CBackup to get more free backup space.

CBackup is a professional cloud service that can help you add and merge OneDrive accounts on one platform. Then, with a proper combination, the free space of multiple OneDrive accounts can be combined into a bigger backup storage to protect more data.

1. Download CBackup, create a CBackup account and log in.

CBackup Sign Up

2. Click My Storage on the left side, and click + Add Cloud button, then choose OneDrive and hit Add. Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your cloud storage.

Add Cloud

3. After adding, all your OneDrive accounts are listed here. Click the My Storage + button, you will see a New Combined Cloud option in the menu. Click it.

Add Combined Cloud1

4. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on Next.

Add Combined Cloud3

5. Then, you will have a Combined Cloud in your clouds list. You can choose the Combined Cloud as backup destination to enjoy huge backup space.

Add Destination Combined Cloud


In the above contents, you must have known how to use OneDrive for automatic backup on Windows and Mac, and how to use OneDrive for manual backup on both computer and mobile devices. When your use OneDrive to backup your data for safekeeping, don’t forget to combine and use bigger free backup space for more data with CBackup.