How Do I Automatically Upload Photos To OneDrive

How did you automatically upload photos to OneDrive? It’s these days if you want to capture photos and videos with anything besides a mobile phone or tablet. As simple and convenient as this is, however, recovering photos and making them easy to share is quite a different matter. That is until I started using MS OneDrive.

However, the new OneDrive client for Android, iOS (iPad/iPhone), and Windows Phone are amazing. It allows me to merge all my pictures and videos to a single place where they are:

  • Backed up
  • Saved in the same place
  • Easy to Share

Automatically Upload Images & Videos On Mobile To OneDrive

Automatically Upload Photos

Initially, we’ll initiate with Android. Install or download the OneDrive app for Android. After you set it up, it will ask you if you like to recover full-resolution images and videos to OneDrive automatically. Move ahead and enable it. By default, they will just upload over the internet, but you can also modify that if you want to for some reason.

One thing to remember when turning on this on Android, your Photos, or Google+ apps might already be automatically recovering images to Google Drive too. Be sure to turn off this if you’re going to use OneDrive instead.

Automatically Upload Photos or Videos On iOS Devices To OneDrive

Upload Photos to iOS

Moving along to iOS, you want to install the OneDrive app that works both on the iPhone or iPad. Here are detailed steps for the iPad or iPhone however, in summary, the first time whenever you launch it on your iOS device. It provides you the option to store all of your images to OneDrive automatically. By default, it just uploads your images and video whenever you plug into Wi-Fi. It’s probably the best option to leave it that way, so you don’t get charges on your data plan.

Note: The iOS OneDrive app enables an additional 3 GB of storage too. However, it seems like this trick only worked after I included it in Android.

If you already Installed OneDrive App and like to save your images to OneDrive, simply launch it and click Me > Settings > Options > Camera Upload and enable it.

The Camera Upload feature on iPad or iPhone has many features including:

  • Use Mobile Network
  • Add Videos
  • Upload in Background

Images and Videos are not small in these days, so I highly recommend you only turn on those photos if you have an infinite data plan. The last thing you want is a heavy overage fee on your data plan. Even worse once you upload takes place while roaming out of the country.

The thing I love about uploading your android device images to OneDrive is they will all be viewable or centralized (and shareable) on the OneDrive site. MS has done an amazing job of updating the site to make it simple to view all your new photos and also auto-tag your images and create albums for you.

Saving Images To OneDrive On Windows Phone

If you’re an owner of Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll be asked to recover images (and other mobile data) to OneDrive during the start set up. If you want to make sure everything is being backed up to OneDrive. And your backed up photos quality, head over to Settings > Backup > photos + videos. There you have some choices on what you want the quality to be. I always change mine to the Best quality for both, as the file sizes will be greater, Windows Phone can also upload them only when you connect to Wi-Fi.


The advantage of using OneDrive on your mobile(s) and tablet(s) versus Google Drive or iCloud are you can organize or view your photos from more locations and devices and as I mentioned above, you can easily view and share the images online.

What are your suggestions or thoughts? Are you using a tip to recover all your mobile images and videos?

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