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Upload photos and files to OneDrive



You can add files to OneDrive in many different ways and then get to them from anywhere.


Using the OneDrive website

Depending on the web browser you use, you can upload files up to 250GB in size. (This limit is per file, not total.)

Note: For transferring large files or lots of files, we recommend adding the files to the OneDrive desktop app rather than using the Upload button on the website.

    1. On the OneDrive website, sign in with your Microsoft account, and then browse to the location where you want to add the files.

    2. Select Upload.

      Upload files or pictures in OneDrive

    3. Select the files you want to upload, and then select Open.


    • You can also drag files from File Explorer or Mac Finder straight to your files on the OneDrive website.

    • 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.

    • Learn ways to organize and find photos in OneDrive.


Using File Explorer or Mac Finder to copy or move files to OneDrive

You can copy or move files between folders within OneDrive, or from other folders on your computer. (When you move files from other folders on your computer into a OneDrive folder, you're removing them from your computer and adding them to OneDrive.)

For both File Explorer and Mac Finder, if you want to copy the item rather than move it, right-click the file or folder and select Copy, then open the OneDrive folder (or sub-folder) and right-click > Paste a copy of the item to OneDrive.

To move a file using Windows File Explorer, drag files from the file list in the right pane to OneDrive in the left pane.

Shot of moving file into different folder in OneDrive.

To move a file using Mac Finder, drag files from the file list in the right pane to OneDrive in the left pane (if you have OneDrive listed there under Favorites). After a moment, Finder will switch to show your existing OneDrive files and folders in the right pane, and you can drag the file into the sub-folder of your choice.

Mac Finder window showing drag-and-drop to move files


In Windows 10

In new installations of Windows 10 for many eligible users, files save to OneDrive by default in Windows 10, rather than to your PC. This means you can access those files from any device that can connect to the Internet, and they are protected in case your computer is ever damaged. You can change your default save setting anytime. Learn how to set where your files are saved or move your files to OneDrive.


Using the OneDrive desktop app

If you have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or a Mac, you can install the free OneDrive desktop app to upload files and folders to OneDrive automatically. Files you upload using the desktop app can be up to 20GB in size.


Using a mobile app

You can upload files to OneDrive using the OneDrive mobile app for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. To learn how, see:


From Microsoft Office or Microsoft 365

In any Office document, select File > Save As, choose your OneDrive, and then pick the folder where you want to save the file.

Saving a file from Word to OneDrive for Business


  • Microsoft might limit the number of files that you can upload to OneDrive each month.

  • Please respect copyright and be careful what you share online. Copying or sharing unauthorized materials violates the Microsoft Services Agreement.

Writer: Bryan Quach
Created on 2022-10-07 11:13
Last update on 2022-10-07 11:15
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